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VOL 8 NO 30
Mr Jas J Bradford Baltimores Vete
ran Leader and Business Man A Pen
Picture ot his Career
James T Bradford Esq of Balli
more Md was born in that city which
has been his home and the field of his
successes in life and Is a stirring exam
pie to all young men to show the
height attainable by earnest work
absolute integrity and indomitable en
ergy and pluck Starting out in life
under circumstances more adverse by
far than those which obtain to day
surrounded by actual physical bondage
he had won a high place in the busineea
Bnd intellectual world before emanci
palion came to the slave At an age
when our boyd of this day and time are
not out of the graded schools young
Bradford waB selling fruit in the B
O depot at Camden street and even at
that early day he always made it a
point to have the best fruit obtainable
and that has been the central idea in
all of hia business relatione since to
keep the best of everything in his line
Iu 1861 he left his station at the de
pot to enter as a clerk in the provision
store kept by John P Jones at Charles
and Centre streets in the heart of the
residence district under the shadow of
the Washington monument and which
was patronized by the bluest bloods of
Maryland Here he remained until
1SG3 gaining a thorough insight and
mastery of the business in all its details
In that year the failing health of Mr
Jones oompelled him to retire from
business selling out to Mr Burwell
Banks and Mr Bradford accepted an
offer of a partnership with Mr Osborne
Barley whose establishment immedi
ately adjoined that of Mr Jones and
who antedated Mr Jones in the busi -
At the end of the first year this part
nership was dissolved by mutual eon
sent to enable Mr Bradford to go into
partnership with Mr Banks the sue
cessor of Mr JoneB and they continued
harmoniously together bIx years When
the building of the St James hotel
forced all the sub tenants to seek other
quarters Mr Banks concluded to move
higher up town and nearer to bis home
Mr Bradford bought the building at
the corner of Center and Bt Paul sts
one square east of the old place and
opened up for himself and there holds
forth today as sole owner and propri
etor having now the assistance ot his
two sons James T jr and Gray
B dtord in carrying on the business
j He is now president of Provident Hob-
A vv A
The Leading Afro American Business Man of Baltimore and a Strong
Factor in the Politics of the State of Maryland
Next year will bring about the for
tieth anniversary of the day when the
boy clerk started in to work for John P
Jones and the thirtieth year of his in
dependent business at the present loca
tion While never neglectiui m ine
Hlighrest degree of his business duties
58r Bradford has always found the
time and strength to be a strong faotor
in church in literature and in society
Connected from his earliest ehlldhood
with the Bethel Sabbath school he
filled in succession all of its offices and
was for many yeara itB superintendent
during which time it was by far the
largest in the otty Connecting him
self with King Solomon Lyceum he at
once took front rank among its oIobo
debaters and interesting writers serv
ing here also as its president
When the war of the Bebellion was
on he was secretary of the Baltimore
branch of the Banitary Commission
and rendered splendid assistance to the
hraii blue who served in the field
pifcal on Bfddle street a director on the
Roard of the Home for Friendless Chil
dren Courtland street He is also a
member ot the Board of Trade In
Washington D O Socially there Ib
no better known man In the county
From East West North and South
the names of those trho have enjoyed
hiB generous hospitality during the past
thirty years truly may be oalled legion
Though always a Btaunch republican
and a liberal contributor to the party
treasury it is only within a few years
past that Mr Bradford has taken any
active part m the party work but here
also he has taken front rank He was a
strong oandidate for Register of the
Treasury at the beginning of the Mo-
Kinley administration or Register oi
Deeds made a splendid run and was
only beaten by party exigences to which
he yielded in good spirit and did not
sulk In his tent Last year he enter
ed the field against the Regulars in
Continued ob ninth page
Prominent Afro Americans Active m the
Campaign Everything Repubiican In
terviews and a Mirror of the Social
Chicago Ills- Special Probably the
most prosperous manufacturing busi
ness carried orP by a oolored man In
Chicago is that of Mr A C Howard
who has spent many years experiment
ing in shoe polish and today there is
no polish in the market more satis
factory than Howards His foreign ex
poit business has reached as far as
Scotland and Ireland and one order
was filled in Germany last week An
excellent trade is carried on in Mexico
and all partB of the United States Ho
has only been in business four years
and is assisted in every duty pertain
ing to his success by hia amiable wife
who is a good business woman How
ards Shoe Polish has a space at the
Paris Exposition and it is said will be
sure to receive highest awards
Mr John Davis and wife of Lot
are in the city the guest of Mr T
B French and wife
Miss Marie ISadlson of Parkerai urg
W Va is the guest of her sister Mrs
Lawrence Jones of Chicago
Mr J C Craig of Grand Rapida
Michigan spent a few dava in Chicago
last week en route to Cleveland
The Qulnn Chapel Kindergarten
Mrs J W E Thomas president had
its formal opening last Monday
October 15th
Miss Daisy Robinson the pianist of
the Clayton Concert Company left for
the East Friday week to be gone an in
definite period
Bishops Arnett Turner Grant and
Derrick are expected in the next week
to attend the formal opening of the In
stitutional church
Rev Moses Jaekson pastor of Grace
Presbyterian church has been ap
pointed by the Presbytery to attend
the Synod at Decatur Illinois
Rev S T Tioe of Boston Mass pas
tor of Bt Paul A M E church
preached at the Institutional churoh
Sunday night to a large audience
Commissioner E H Wright has
been recently eleoted president f the
County Board which Is the highest
honor afforded by that department
Mrs Dr Bryant arrived in the city
last week from Baltimore Md to
spend a few days with her husband
Continued on eighth page
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