Campaign postcard, 1948, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
BRADLEY, Willis Winter (1884-1954)

BRADLEY, WILLIS WINTER, a Representative from California; born in Ransomville, Niagara County, N.Y., June 28, 1884; moved with his parents to Milnor, N.Dak., in July 1884 and to Forman, N.Dak., in 1891; attended the public schools, and Hamlin University, St. Paul, Minn.; deputy registrant of deeds of Sargent County, N.Dak., in 1902 and 1903; was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1906; during the First World War served as gunnery officer and as chief of the Explosives Section, Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department; awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor; Governor of Guam 1929-1931; captain of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard 1933-1935; attached to the Board of Inspection and Survey, Pacific Coast Section, 1940-1946; in 1946 retired from the United States Navy because of physical incapacity incurred in line of duty; took up residence in Long Beach, Calif., in 1931; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; assistant to the president of the Pacific Coast Steamship Co., 1949-1952; member of the State assembly from 1952 until his death; died in Santa Barbara, Calif., August 27, 1954; interment in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.

University of Guam
Micronesian Area Research Center
Mangilao, Guam
Papers: ca. 1898-1954, 3 linear feet.
The papers of Willis W. Bradley contain correspondence, speeches, subject files, reports and publications, photographs, and motion pictures. Subjects covered include Willis Bradley's policy of re-naming Guam's schools, the Guam Guard Mail, civil rights and citizenship for Guamanians, the Bank of Guam, taxes, economic development, island defenses, and Spanish laws on Guam. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1924-1930, 1 log.
A personal log of Willis W. Bradley dates from September 1, 1924 until June 14, 1930.

  • Bradley, Willis W. Notes for my relief as Governor of Guam. N.p., 1931.
  • Wuerch, William L., comp. Inventory of the papers of Governor Willis Winter Bradley, Jr.. [Mangilao?, Guam: University of Guam, Micronesian Area Research Center, Pacific Collections], 1993.