Bradley Francis Granger (March 12, 1825 – November 4, 1882) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.
Granger was born in Lowville, New York and attended the public schools. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1847, and commenced practice in Tecumseh, Michigan. He continued to practice after moving to Ann Arbor.
He was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 1st congressional district to the Thirty-seventh Congress, serving from March 4, 1861 to March 3, 1863.
The following is a biography published in "The New York Era", April 18, 1863. (see photo) Jeffrey-453 "The New York Era. Volume 12. Saturday, April 18, 1863. Number 591.
PEN AND INK SKETHCES---BIOGRAPHICAL, PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL. Hon. B.F. Granger, of Michigan. Hon. Bradley Francis Granger was born on the 12th of March, 1825, at Lowville, Lewis County N.Y. He is emphatically a self-made man. He obtained his school education in the common school, except a short term, when twelve years old, spent at the Lowville Academy. At the age of twelve years, his father removed to Manchester, Washtenan[sic] county, Michigan. At the age of fifteen years he commenced the study of the law with Messrs. Stacy & Beaman, at Tecumseh, Lenawee county, Mich. (Hon C.A. Stacy, a leading and successful lawyer, still residing at Tecumseh, and Hon. F. C. Beaman, an eminent lawyer, now Representative in Congress for the Second Michigan Congressional District). He continued the study of the law with these gentlemen until his majority, when he was admitted to practice at Adrian, October 12th, 1846. He located at Manchester for the practice of his profession where he resided until the summer of 1847, when e removed to Kent county, and engaged in farming and lumbering, with a view to a settlement at Grand Rapids for the practice of his profession. The prospects of professional success not seeming flattering, he sold his property in Kent county, and returned to Manchester in the spring of 1848. In October, 1848, he was married to Miss Susan A. De Lamater, an orphan niece of Hon. William J. Hough, late M.C. from Madison county, N.Y., Congressional District, now a successful and eminent lawyer at Syracuse, N. Y. In the spring of 1849, he was elected Justice of the Piece, in which capacity he served four years, holding various local officed, and more or less engaged in other then professional business, owning and giving his personal attention to a farm. He was educated a Democrat, and continued his connection with that party until the repeal of fht Missouri Compromise, since which time he has acted with the Republican party. In 1850 he was a candidate of the Democratic party being then, as now, in the minority in Washtenan[sic] county. In 1852 he received the nomination from the same party to County Clerk, and though the result showed his personal popularity, he was – with the whole ticket – defeated. In November, 1856, he was elected by the Republicans party Judge of Probate for the county of Washtanan[sic], and in the following January, 1857, removed to the city of Ann Arbor, where he has ever since resided. His personal attention to the duties of his office for the term, extended his acquaintance among the people of the county. His industry, care, and intelligent administration of the duties of the office were of incalculable benefit to the public. His records and judicial orders are models of neatness and accuracy, while his uniform affability, and kindness to every one doing business, amid all it’s perplexities and cares, endeared him to the people of the county. As a result of the reputation thus acquired, he was presented, with entire unanimity, by his own county, to the convention held in June, 1860, and nominated to the position he now holds. Opposed by one of the best known, most popular, and most talented lawyers of the district – Hon. G. V. N. Lothrop of Detroit – he canvassed the district, and was elected, after a severe contest, in a canvass that his most sanguine friends thought doubtful, by a majority of nearly one thousand eight hundred, carrying for the first time the city of Detroit and Wayne County, which even the well-known industry, popularity, and talent of his Republican predecessor, Hon. William A. Howard, though residing in Detroit, was unable to accomplish. His course in Congress thus far is too well known to require comment. Standing side by side with such men as Cowan, Harris and Browning, in the Senate, and Thomas, Diven and Horton, in the House, he has defended and upheld the constitution and government of his county by his votes, his labor and his influence. Fully sustaining every pledge to his party, and supporting unflinchingly those principles advocated by him and sustained by his party before election, he has felt that in this emergency the great interests of the nation were paramount. He has allowed no partisan motive to turn him aside from his great duty; no selfish or personal feelings to smother those great national interests which involve the very existence of our republic. Mr. Granger has in him all the elements of the popular speaker; easy address, fine and imposing form, good command of the language, persuasive manners, an industry that has culled for years knowledge of every from[sic] every source, a memory remarkably retentive, and a perception of human character never at fault. His friends were sure that it needed only the opportunity, to display eloquence of no common character. At the bar he was always effective. Before a jury he was persuasive and eloquent, while his efforts on the stump, in 1860, surprised many who, from his retired habit, not to say diffidence in regard to speaking, had supposed his talent lay in another direction. In Congress his only formal speech was on the resolutions introduced to the death of Senator Bingham – an effort alike honorable to his head and heart, and which induced his friends to hope he would permit himself to be oftener heard on the floor of the House. His labors have been, in the Committee room and in his own room, ever industrious, ever present, ever watchful, the interests of the country have commanded his entire attention. No man, however humble, has ever asked a favor in vain. Prompt in response to every letter, affable, energetic, industrious, Michigan has never had a more useful, honest, or patriotic servant on the floor of Congress, though many a time she may have has a more showy one. In person he is nearly six feet high, dark hair and eyes, slightly inclined to corpulency, of dignified and affable appearance, capable of great and continued labor, and industrious from habit as well as nature. To the young men of the country, Mr. Granger’s successful life under so many discouragements and difficulties is an omen of hope and confidence. Unaided by friends or fortune, without assistance of the discipline of the schools, amid embarrassments which would have prostrated many a less resolute mind, he has steadily pressed forward, faithfully performing every duty undeterred by slander, envy, and detraction, until he has attained a measure of success, with which any man, however favored by fortune or education, might well be satisfied. "
"United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHC2-D22 : accessed 01 Dec 2013), Ross Granger in household of Bradley Granger, Michigan, United States; citing p. , family 6, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000552206.
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