|ISAIAH HENRY BRADFORD.
ISAIAH HENRY BRADFORD.
I. H. Bradford is a banker of Hubbard, Hubbard County, Minnesota. Mr. Bradford has the satisfaction of tracing his ancestral line back to the famous Plymouth colony, he being a direct descendant of Governor Bradford. His ancestry was also prominent in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. James Bradford, his father, was born in Cushing, Maine, September 21, 1805, and he emigrated to Wisconsin when a young man, settling at Monroe. After living in several localities in Wisconsin, he moved to Iowa in 1864, establishing himself at Nashua and engaging in the business of wagon manufacturing. His wife was Miss Sarah Hudson, who is a native of Sardinia, New York. She is a descendant of Henry Hudson. Her family was for many years prominent in Rhode Island. She is still living with a daughter at Hubbard. Her husband died at Nashua on July 13, 1877. I. H. Bradford was born on June 5, 1857, in the town of Washington, Green County, Wisconsin. His early education commenced in the public schools of Milford, Wisconsin. When the family moved to Iowa he entered the public schools of Nashua and made rapid progress in his studies. In 1874 he graduated with honors from the Nashua High school and then entered the Upper Iowa University at
Fayette, as a student in the commercial and college courses. From this department he graduated on January 18, 1876, at the head of the class. On March 28, 1876, he was offered a position of cashier of the banking house of the Hon. A. J. Felt, of Nashua. This position he at once accepted. He was the youngest cashier at that time in the United States, who had full charge and management of the bank. Mr. Bradford continued in charge of this banking house until it closed out its affairs by sale in 1878, to the First National Bank of Nashua. He was then employed by the First National Bank in making out a set of abstract books for Chickasaw County. A short time afterwards she associated himself with Moses Stewart, Jr., of Nashua, in organizing the Bank of Verndale, in Wadena County, Minnesota. This was in October, 1880. Mr. Bradford became cashier of the new bank and continued in that position for two years when he resigned and joined Isaac Hazlett and E. S. Case in organizing the Wadena County Bank of Verndale. He was cashier of this institution until 1883. In December, 1885, he accepted the position of cashier and manager of the banking house of James Billings, of Hubbard, and continued in this position for six years when the bank was sold to other parties. Besides managing Mr. Billings' interests, Mr. Bradford had the general superintending of a large farm, loan and land business and of a large flouring mill at Hubbard. Under his management the volume of banking business increased to over three million dollars. He now carries on a banking business at Hubbard on his own account. He has a large eastern clientage and is engaged in placing loans on western securities. He is the local land agent for the Northern Pacific Railroad, and during the last sixteen years has placed over three hundred settlers and sold about six thousand acres of railroad lands. He has been instrumental in bringing thousands of dollars in capital into his section of the state for investment, as well as inducing a large number of settlers to locate in Hubbard County as their place of residence. Mr. Bradford was one of the promoters and incorporators of the Duluth & Great Western Railroad Company. He is treasurer of the corporation, and is now laboring