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Bradburn, B. T.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 394-397


Hon. B. T. Bradburn, who is serving for the second term as county judge of Pike county and makes his home in Pittsfield, was born on a farm near Huntsville, Missouri, when the late Rebellion was at its highest. His parents were Alexander M. and Emily E. (Jameson) Bradburn, natives of Ohio and Kentucky respectively, his grandfather on his father's side being one of the first sheriffs of Scioto county, Ohio. They removed to Missouri and after the Civil war came to Pike county, Illinois, where they lived on various farms but for twenty-five years resided in Martinsburg township, where their children were reared. The father died September 10, 1890, when sixty-three years of age. He had served in various township offices and was a most highly respected citizen, devoted to the welfare of the community at large and of his family, giving to his children good educational privileges and thus equipping them for the practical and responsible duties of life. His widow, at the age of seventy-three years, is now living in Pittsfield. In their family were six sons and two daughters. David N. Bradburn, the eldest, is married and follows farming and school teaching in this county; Mark S., the present state's attorney of Pike county, is living in Pittsfield with his mother; Mary E. is the wife of J. G. Waggoner, of Martinsburg; Barna T. is the next of the family; Dr. Benjamin P. Bradburn, of Lincoln, Illinois, is a graduate of the Keokuk Medical College of Keokuk, Iowa, and also pursued a post-graduate course in the Bellevue College and Hospital of New York city, and for fifteen years he has been successfully engaged in practice, also conducting a drug store in Lincoln. John L. Bradburn, of Whitehall, Illinois, is married and formerly followed farming but is now acting as fireman at the Whitehall Tile Works. Cammie B. is the wife of R. E. Rush, a prominent and wealthy farmer, of Detroit, Illinois. Charles T. owns and operates a fine farm in Newburg township.

Judge Bradburn, reared in this county, after attending the high school of Pittsfield, continued his studies in Jacksonville, Illinois, in the Central Normal College, at Danville, Indiana, and Well's School for Principals and Superintendents at Oregon, Illinois. For several years he engaged in teaching, being connected with educational work in Helena, Montana, in 1891, and his last work of that character covered three years spent as principal of the schools of Vermont, Illinois. He had read law at different times under the direction of Hon. W. E. Williams and was admitted to the bar November 22, 1889, before the supreme court of Illinois. Returning to Pittsfield in 1894 he engaged in practice in connection with Averill Beavers, then states attorney. In 1897 he was elected city attorney of Pittsfield on a temperance ticket and before his term expired was nominated for the office of county judge on the democratic ticket. His election followed, with a re-election four years later, so that he is now serving for the second term. Since coming to Pittsfield he has so directed his labors as to gain recognition as one of the representative citizens and lawyers of Pike county, being actively connected with a profession which has important bearing upon the progress or stable prosperity of any section or community, and one which has long been considered as conserving the public welfare by furthering the ends of justice and maintaining individual rights. He has great respect for the dignity of judicial place and power and as a result of that personal characteristic the proceedings of his court are always orderly upon the part of everyone - audience, bar and the officers from the highest to the lowest. His opinions are fine specimens of judicial thought, always clear, logical and as brief as the character of the case will permit.

On the 1st of January, 1890, Judge Bradburn was married to Miss Martha Belle Moyer, a native of this county and a daughter of the late Solomon Moyer, of Barry, a pioneer of Pike county and a prominent citizen. Judge and Mrs. Bradburn have two children: Mamie Lenore, born January 3, 1894; and Terrill Moyer, born November 27, 1896. Both are attending the Pittsfield schools. The parents are members of the Christian church and socially Judge Bradburn is a Mason, belonging to the lodge and chapter at Pittsfield.

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