Isaac V. Bradley


ISAAC VINCENT BRADLEY SR. was born in Sharpstown, Maryland on June 12, 1865 to Thomas Dryden Bradley and his wife, the former Margaret Matilda Morris. His parents came to Camden when he was seven years old. His father was a carpenter by trade, who had gone into the grocery business at 533 North 6th Street by 1880. Isaac Bradley attended public schools in the city. The 1880 Census shows Isaac Bradley living with his parents, brother George and sister Mollie at the North 6th Street address. Older brother William J. Bradley had married in 1877. William J. Bradley had begun working for the American Dredging Company in Camden, a career which would see him rise through the ranks to Chief Engineer, and in 1908, to president of the corporation. William J. Bradley also began a political career that saw him rise to president of Camden's City Council, and speaker of New Jersey's Assembly (1901-1902) and president of the State Senate (1905-1906).

In 1886 Isaac V. Bradley began working as a patternmaker at the American Dredging Company in Camden. On February 16, 1887 he married Sarah J. Bell and started a family, which by 1900 had produced seven children, all, save son Ralph Donges Bradley, were still living. From 1891 to 1899 the Bradley are listed at 806 South 8th Street in Camden City Directories. When the census was taken in 1900 Isaac Bradley and family lived at 811 South 8th Street, where they stayed into 1906. Two more children followed in the next decade. 

Besides following his brother to employment with American Dredging, Isaac V. Bradley also followed him into politics as a Republican in Camden's Seventh Ward. He was elected to city council four times and also served as City Clerk from 1907 to 1910. Isaac Bradley and his family moved to 772 Pine Street in 1907 and stayed at that address as late as April of 1910. The Census shows that the family consisted of Isaac and Sarah Bradley and their children Cora, George, Myrtle, Evelyn, Isaac Jr., Helen, and Clara V. Bradley. By 1911 they had returned to 811 South 8th Street where they remained into 1913. The 1915 New Jersey State Census has the family at 1212 Sheridan Street.

In 1916 Isaac Bradley left Camden and its politics behind, moving to Woodlynne, New Jersey. He passed away at his home, 138 Evergreen Avenue, on May 24, 1938. His wife, Sarah had died the year before. Isaac Bradley was survived by his sons George W. Bradley and Isaac V. Bradley Jr., and four married daughters.

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 4, 1900

Charles P. Sayrs
James Hanson Jr.
John H. Carmany
Isaac V. Bradley
William J. Bradley
Samuel P. Jones
Jesse Bond
Robert Smith
William B. Carter
George Arnold

Camden Daily Courier
November 5, 1904



Philadelphia inquirer
June 14, 1907

James. E. Hewitt
Isaac V. Bradley
Elmer Ellsworth Long
Charles Shimer Boyer
Pennsylvania Railroad
West Jersey & Seashore Railroad












Undetermined Newspaper - June 14, 1907

Camden Courier-Post
November 1, 1937



Camden Courier-Post
May 25, 1938



Camden Courier-Post
May 26, 1938