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Bradburn, Mark S.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 512-513


Mark Shackelford Bradburn, member of the Pike county bar and state's attorney at Pittsfield, was born in Randolph county, Missouri, August 5, 1860. His parents' were Alexander M. and Emily E. (Jamison) Bradburn. The father was a farmer by occupation and died September 10, 1890. He served for three years as a soldier in the Civil war, advocating the Union cause. He came of Scotch-Irish ancestry.

Mark S. Bradburn spent his boyhood days under the parental roof and supplemented his early education acquired in the common schools by study in the Central Normal College at Danville, Indiana, where he pursued a scientific course. After attaining his majority he worked by the month in the summer seasons for several years upon various farms of the county. He was always of a studious nature, of quiet disposition and industrious habits and his personal worth as well as his industry won him the unqualified confidence and respect of those by whom he was employed. When about nineteen years of age he began teaching school, which he followed in both district and village schools in Pike county, giving his attention largely to the profession until 1894. In the meantime he had taken up the study of law, which he pursued assiduously and, having mastered the chief principles of jurisprudence, he was, upon examination, admitted to the bar in 1894. He has since practiced with good success. In the courtroom he presents his cause in clear and logical manner, being seldom at fault in his deductions. but like all truly successful lawyers, his greatest work is done in his office, where he prepares his cases with great thoroughness and care. On the 9th of April, 1904, he was nominated for states attorney of Pike county on the democratic ticket and at the election in the succeeding November was found to be the popular choice for the office, which he is now capably filling, discharging his duties without fear or favor. In his private practice his devotion to his clients' interests is proverbial, yet he never forgets that he owes a higher allegiance to the majesty of the law.

Mr. Bradburn was for three years, from 1894 to 1897, a member of the Illinois National Guard. Since 1893 he has been a member of the Christian church, having joined the organization in Barry and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Masonic fraternity and the Mutual Protective League. In manner he is entirely free from ostentation and display, yet possesses that genuine personal worth which commands regard and good will. He has ever been of studious habits, displaying a strict conformity to the high moral principles which he has ever entertained and developing a well rounded nature through the exercise of the latent talents with which nature endowed him. He is in his present office proving a capable official and in his chosen life work has met with a fair measure of success.

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