Biographical Sketches from, "Kentucky, History of the State"
Main Author; William Henry Perrin 1887
Submitted by: Vera Burnham
June 21, 2002
William H. Bradley, traveling salesman for the firm of Thompson, Wilson, & Co., of Paducah, is a native of Georgia, and was born in 1836. His father, Williard Bradley was a native of Connecticut. His mother, Eliza A. (Rhea) Bradley was born in Virginia, but reared in Chapel Hill, N.C. These parents moved from Georgia, in 1837, and settled in west Tennessee, where William H. spent his boyhood. When fourteen years old he became employed as salesman in the dry goods house of William H. Thompson in Paris, Tenn., and remained with him for eight years. He then went to Paducah and for a time served the wholesale grocery firm of J. W. Sheerer & Co. as book-keeper but remained only a brief period when he returned to Paris where he affected a partnership with his former employer W.H. Thompson. In 1858 he again went to Paducah this time as traveling salesman for the house of J.W. Sheerer & Co. They were favored with his services until the fall of 1861 when the results of the war placed an embargo on all business enterprise and Mr. Bradley espoused the cause of the South and entered the Confederate Army, under Gen. Breckinridge, with the commision of Captain, Soon after the battle of Shiloh in which he participated he was transfered to Forrest's command and shared in the victories and defeats of that daring leader. In 1866, Mr. Bradley married Miss Lucy C. West of Paducah. Their children, four in number are Geven W., Lizzie Y., William C. and Henry L. Bradley. As a business man Mr. Bradley has rare quaifications, social qualities of a high order and enjoys unlimited confidence. He has traveled for the firm of Thompson, Wilson & Co. since the organization of that house.