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Bradley Martin Thompson
History of the University of Michigan

BRADLEY MARTIN THOMPSON was born at Milford, Michigan, April 16, 1835, son of Robert and Maria (Short) Thompson. He is of New England ancestry. His early education was received in the common schools and the preparatory department of Albion College. He entered the University of Michigan and was graduated Bachelor of Science in 1858 and Bachelor of Laws in 1860. The degree of Master of Science followed in 1861. He began the practice of his profession at East Saginaw, Michigan; but in the summer of 1862 entered the United States service as Captain of the Seventh Michigan Cavalry.

From 1864 to 1865 he served as Paymaster. He was mustered out in November 1865, as Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel, and returned to the practice of the law at East Saginaw. In 1887 he was appointed Lecturer on Real Property in the Law Department of the University of Michigan, and in 1888 was made Jay Professor of Law, which position he still holds. He was Mayor of East Saginaw in 1873-1875, and of Ann Arbor, 1890-1891.

He was married December 20, 1860, to Marian Lind, and they have had three children: Guy B. (LL.B. 1890, LL.M. 1891, died November 16, 1901); Isadore (A. B. 1884, now Mrs. Fred N. Scott, of Ann Arbor);and Ethelend E.

-- From "History of the University of Michigan" by Burke Aaron Hinsdale. Published by the University of Michigan in 1906.