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Thomas Pringle Bradley. (1881-?)
Born in Bay City, MI, raised in Minn.

1906 biography. - Added Jan, 2013.

American Lumbermen: The Personal History of One Hundred Eminent Lumbermen. - 1906.


In the great northern pine country, as the pioneers of the lumber industry in that section are one by one giving up their control of affairs, the young man is coming to the fore. He is found the office, in the woods, in the mill, conducting enterprises of great magnitude with, perhaps, more vigor and will fully as much success as his predecessors. Of the younger generation whose success has been marked is Thomas P. Bradley, of Duluth, Minnesota, a stalwart son of a family long identified with the lumber business.

Ability in the lumber business came by heredity to Mr. Bradley, although the school in which he was educated had much to do with the signal success which he has gained. His grandfather, H. M. Bradley, went to Duluth in the early '80's from Bay City, Michigan, where he had been a pioneer lumberman, associated more or less intimately with many of the leading men of the valley. This senior member of the family and all his sons were lumbermen, and it was but natural, therefore, that they should engage in lumbering when they arrived at the head of the Lakes.

Thomas Pringle Bradley is the son of Edward L. Bradley and Lucretia A. (Pringle) Bradley. He is one of four children and the eldest of three sons, having been born May 13, 1881. Though he was born in the Wolverine State, practically his entire life has been spent in Minnesota. Even as a youngster the buzz of the saw in the mills was music to his ears, and he had a smattering knowledge of lumber, gained from the conversation of his father and other relatives, even during his school days. His attention to his studies in the public schools, which is considered one of the best public schools prepared him for entrance into the Duluth high school, which is considered one of the best of its class in the United States and has a high standard of scholarship and mental discipline. He graduated from the high school in 1896, which year marks his connection with the lumber industry. In the ten years that he has been an active worker he has made great strides as a successful business man.

Young Bradley was hardly out of school before he sought a position whereby he could learn the rudiments of the lumber business. He began at the lowest round of the ladder tallying lumber on the docks for the various commission firms engaged in water shipping. He was eager to learn everything there was to be learned about lumber, and in less than a year he was to be looked upon as among the most capable inspectors in the employ of these firms. Later on he went upon the docks, shipping for the well-known firm of A. E. Wilson & Co. But he was not satisfied with the commercial education he thus far had secured, and, for the purpose of the manner in which woods work was carried on, he spent the winter scaling the woods and another year in studying the office system of a big concern. He had the opportunity of doing these things in the mill o his father or his uncles, but he chose to prove his mettle and to accept the hard knocks in the employ of those outside the family circle.

It was in 1901 that Mr. Bradley became identified with the Duluth Log Company, with which concern he has made rapid progress in the business world and where his interests are almost wholly centered. The company was incorporated October 1, 1901, by Mr. Bradley's father, E. L. Bradley. While the concern was established to carry on a general business in forest products, more especially in cedar and spruce, much of its trade during the last five years has been in pulpwood. It was the first pulpwood shipper from Minnesota, and is the largest pulpwood producer in the Northwest. Mr. Bradley first held the position of secretary of the company, having a one-fourth interest in the business. In 1902 he was given additional responsibility, and two years later he became general manager, also. He now owns three-tenths of the entire stock of the corporation.

He has all the best characteristics of the young man of business activity, versatility, carefulness of statement, honesty, punctiliousness in carrying out contracts, and, in addition, he is optimistic and progressive. In these days of young men he has demonstrated the success with which they can carry on, unaided by older heads, business of whatever magnitude.

The Duluth Log Company, of whose operations Mr. Bradley has charge, is a manufacturer and wholesaler of logs, lumber, lath, shingles, ties, poles, posts, piling and pulpwood. Each season the company sends into the woods moe than three-score contractors to carry on the logging for the company in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, and about 2,000 men are given employment. The concern has two yards at Duluth; a sawmill and yards at Aitkin, Aitkin County, Minnesota, on the Mississippi River; a mill, yards and general store at Howthorne, Douglas County, Wisconsin, and several more large concentrating yards scattered throughout the Northwest. It enjoys excellent shipping facilities for its immense output.

From the start of his business career Mr. Bradley has had many propositions laid before him for settlement which would have puzzled an older man or one of wider experience.

1908 sketch - Added Jan., 2013

Little Sketches of Big Folks, Minnesota 1907.


Bradley, Thomas Pringle, Duluth. Residence 211 E. 3d street, office 212 Palladio bldg. Lumber and cedar.

Born May 13, 1881 in Bay Cty, Mich., son of Edward L. and Lucretia A. (Pringle) Bradley. Married August 10, 1904 to Emma Black. Educated in the common and high schools of Duluth. Entered lumber business and was employed in various capacities 1898-1902; secretary of Duluth Log Co. 1902; secretary and general manager of same 1904; secretary and general manager Duluth Cedar Co. Member Commercial. Yacht, Boat and Curling clubs. Masonic fraternity and B. P. O. E.

Additional Notes:

    1900 Biography of Henry Martin Bradley.

  • Edward L. Bradley was son of Henry M. Bradley and Mary E. Cook, Thomas P. is grandson.

    1861 U.S. Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891.

  • Edward L. Bradley, age 20, b. 1841, Marshall, Mich., enlisted May, 1861.

    1879 Michigan Marriages: Marine City, Saint Clair, Mich.

  • Date: Dec. 3, 1879.
  • Groom: Edward L. Bradley, of Bay City, b. 1858, Mich.
  • Bride: Lucretia Pringle, of Marine City, b. 1859, Mich.
  • Official: G.E. Wahlen, pastor M.E.C.
  • Witnesses: Mrs. Wm. Styon & Mrs. J. G. Whalen both from Marine City.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Bradley, Edward L. - b. 1859, Mich.
  • Lucretia A., wife b. 1859, Mich.

    1900 Census: Duluth, St. Louis, Minn.

  • Bradley, Ervon b. Jan, 1860, Mich.
  • Lucretia, wife b. Jan, 1860, Mich. (married 20 years)
  • Thomas, son b. May, 1881, Mich.
  • Edward, son b. May, 1883, Minn.
  • Lucile, dau. - b. Apr, 1890, Minn.
  • Earl, son b. Oct, 1892, Minn.

    1920 Census: Duluth, St. Louis, Minn.

  • Bradley, Thomas P. - b. 1882, Mich.
  • Emma B., wife b. 1883, Wisc.
  • Thomas P.,son b. 1911, Minn.
  • John, son b. 1915, Minn.
  • Robert, son b. 1918, Minn.
  • Richard, son b. 1910, Minn.

Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Bradley, Henry M. G-father
People Referenced
Bradley, Earl (uncle)
Bradley, Edward (uncle)
Bradley, Edward L (father)
Bradley, Henry M. (g-father)
Bradley, John (son)
Bradley, Lucile (aunt)
Bradley, Richard (son)
Bradley, Robert (son)
Bradley, Thomas (uncle)
Bradley, Thomas P. (subject)
Bradley, Thomas P. (son)
Cook, Mary E. (g-mother)
Pringle, Lucretia A. (mother)
Styon, Wm., Mrs.
Wahlen, G.E. (pastor)
Wahlen, J.G. Mrs.
Wilson, A.E
Subjects Referenced
A.E. Wison & Co.
Aitkin, MN
Aitkin Co., MN
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Bradley & Finn
Douglas Co. WI
Duluth Cedar Co.
Duluth Log Co.
Duluth, MN
Howthorne, WI
Marine City, MI
Marshal, MI
St. Clair, MI
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