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George H. Bradford

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George H. Bradford

George H. Bradford, of Wichita, Kan., is one of the powers in the political life of Wichita and Sedgwick county, where he has been a resident for fourteen years. Combining ability of a high order with a thorough knowledge of political affairs, gained from years of experience; aggressive and loyal to the Republican party, Mr. Bradford possesses all the qualifications which go to make up a party leader. Mr. Bradford was by no means a tyro in politics when he came to Wichita. He had rendered signal service to his party in St. Joseph, Mo., where he formerly resided, and was a delegate from that district to the state convention in 1896; also delegate in 1902 to the state convention at Springfield, Mo.; also 1888, at Chillicothe, Mo. He has been honored by election to two terms in the city council of Wichita, in the years 1906 and 1908. His record while in office was clean and highly creditable. Mr. Bradford was born at Monroe, Mich., Feb. 21, 1866. His parents were George. W. Bradford and Adelia (Kimball) Bradford, and his early education was obtained in Monroe, Mich. After finishing his education he engaged in civil engineering as assistant engineer on the W. S. S. & A. railway, under John F. Stevens, who was afterward chief engineer, Panama Canal. Mr. Bradford is an eminently successful business man. He is president of the Wichita Construction Company, which does a large business in municipal contracting. He followed the same business for ten years in St. Joseph prior to his removal to Wichita. He was married in 1896 to Miss Linnie M. Speece of Wichita, and of this union two children have been born, viz.: Edwin P., and Marguerite. Fraternally Mr. Bradford is a member of the Wichita Lodge, No. 99, Free and Accepted Masons; Wichita Consistory, No. 12, Potentate Midian Temple, Ancient Accepted Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Mt. Olivet Commandery, No. 12, Knights Templars; trustee Wichita Lodge, No. 427, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Betton Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Lodge No. 22, Ancient Order of United Workmen; Lodge No. 44, Knights of Pythias; second vice-president of the National Order of Travelers' Association and national director, American Society of Bridge Contractors.

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