William Bradford

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William Bradford (1722 – 1791) was an American journalist, printer, soldier and patriot of the American Revolution. He was born in New York, and later moved to Philadelphia, where he published an influential newspaper. He was an opponent of British policies. He followed words with heroic deeds during the Revolution and was known as "the patriot printer of 1776.[1]"


  • Though I bequeath you no estate, I leave you in the enjoyment of liberty.
    • 1791, The dying words.
    • Sources: John W. Wallace, An Old Philadelphian: Colonel William Bradford (1884); Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., Prelude to Independence: The Newspaper War on Britain (1957); Carl and Jessica Bridenbaugh, Rebels and Gentlemen: Philadelphia in the Age of Franklin (1942)