Claudius
W.
Bradshaw


CLAUDIUS W. BRADSHAW was born in Sheffield, England on October 29, 1835. His parents came to American in 1840, and after three years in Philadelphia settled in Camden in 1843. 

After receiving his education he pursued the wood turner's trade. He married Eliza Jane Marks, the County Clerk has the dates recorded twice, as December 25, 1858 and as January 30, 1859.  Eliza Marks' sister Sophia married Isaac McKinley, and at the time of the 1860 Census the Bradshaws and the McKinleys lived next door to each other in Camden's South Ward. 

Taking an interest in civic affairs, Claudius Bradshaw served as a volunteer fireman. 

By the time of the 1880 census Claudius Bradshaw had been elected mayor. The Bradshaw family at that time included five children, Claudius E., Clara, Charles H., Florence M., and Milton R. Bradshaw.

George Reeser Prowell wrote about the two companies in his History of Camden County, New Jersey, published in 1886.

The Independence Fire Company No. 1, organized with Lambert F. Beatty, president; William S. Frazer, secretary ; and Joseph Wagner, treasurer. Among the early members were Jacob Prettyman, David Page, Thomas Stites, Andrew Stilwell, Francis E. Harpel, Restore Cook, John Wallace, Claudius W. Bradshaw, William H. Hawkins, Christopher J. Mines, Henry Bradshaw, William E. Walls, William Howard, Albert Dennis, Elwood Bounds, Samuel H. Stilwell, Albert V. Mills, Robert S. Bender, Lewis Yeager, Thomas McCowan and William W. Mines. The company met in a building at Third Street and Cherry for a year, when it was burned. Lewis Yeager gave the company free use of a lot on Third Street, above Cherry, where an engine-house of slabs, donated by Charles Stockham, was built. In 1853 a lot on Cherry Street, above Third, was purchased and on it a frame house was built. This was used until 1859, when, owing to a defect in the title, the sheriff advertised the property for sale. When he reached the ground on the day of the sale he found the house, with its contents, and a number of the members of the company, on an adjoining lot belonging to James B. Dayton, who permitted the action. The following year, 1860, they bought and built, on the north side of Pine Street, above Fourth, a three-story brick, then the most complete fire-engine house in Camden, and which was sold for four thousand five hundred dollars to the city. The Independence was a hose company until June 4, 1864, when they secured an Amoskeag engine, being the first fire-engine in use by the fire companies of Camden. Early in 1869 they purchased a larger engine and when the volunteer firemen were scattered, in the latter part of that year, they sold the Amoskeag to Millville, and the later purchase was kept until 1874, when it was sold to the city. Lambert F. Beatty, John Wallace, William H. Hawkins, J. Kelly Brown, William W. Mines and Edward Gilbert were presidents of the Independence, while its secretaries have been William L. Frazer, William W. Mines, Mortimer C. Wilson and Thomas McCowan ; and the treasurers Joseph Wagner and Robert S. Bender, who, elected in 1854, served until October 13, 1874, when, with a roll of sixty members, they met. President Gilbert in the chair, paid all claims against them and formally disbanded.

Claudius Bradshaw became active in politics as a Democrat, and was made city marshal in 1870. He was elected to city council in 1872, and was made Chief of the Camden Fire Department in 1876, serving a three year term. He was succeeded by Samuel S. Elfreth.

In 1880 Claudius W. Bradshaw was elected mayor, defeating Benjamin F. Archer by 31 votes. He was re-elected in 1883, defeating Henry H. Davis, for whom the Davis School in East Camden is named. 

During Mayor Bradshaw's term in office, improvements were made to Federal and Cooper Streets, and the Board of Health was organized under his direction. Several companies that were a part of Camden's commercial and industrial scene for many years were founded, including J.B. Van Sciver & Company, the Linden Worsted Mills, and the Lace and Embroidery Manufactory. Mayor Bradshaw also had to deal with an earthquake in August of 1884. Running for a third term in 1886, he was defeated by Jesse Pratt.

After leaving office Claudius Bradshaw operated a confectioner's business at 528 South 3rd Street, the corner of 3rd and Clinton, where he also made his residence, in the late 1880s. By 1890 he had moved to 520 South 2nd Street.

The Trenton Times newspaper reported Claudius Bradshaw as being very ill in its March 21, 1899 edition. He died not long afterwards, survived by his wife, son Charles, daughters Leonia and Florence, and at least three grandchildren.


The History of Camden County New Jersey
George Reeser Prowell - 1886


Philadelphia Inquirer - April 4, 1882

John Slevin - Asa Cox

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 11, 1882

Lizzie Furman - Hogan & Hays - 6th Street - Mechanic Street

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 11, 1882

James Gumby - William Ross - William Street

Philadelphia Inquirer * February 2, 1883

Josiah Rawlings - John A. Furey - James Ayres - James Dudley
Claudius Bradshaw - James M. Cassady - John W. Donges
Josiah D. Rogers -
Henry B. Wilson Sr. - Jonathan Burr
Edmund E. Reed -
Christopher J. Mines Sr. - William P. Tatem
Jesse E. Hueston - E.E. Reed Jr. - George W. Gilbert - William S. Scull
William W. Bozarth - John Burr - Charles Wilson - Rudolph W. Birdsell
John W. Wartman - Samuel Hibbs -
St. John's Episcopal Church
Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church
Camden Fire Insurance Association

Philadelphia Inquirer * August 5, 1884

Claudius W. Bradshaw - William H. Davis 
William McGinley - William H. Tyler - John Foy


Philadelphia Inquirer * September 17, 1884

Claudius W. Bradshaw
Henrietta Nuson - Carroll C. Reeves - Catherine Thomas 


Philadelphia Inquirer * September 18, 1884

Claudius W. Bradshaw - Albert Beckett
Catherine Thomas - Edward Harris 


Philadelphia Inquirer * September 23, 1884

Claudius W. Bradshaw - Lizzie Furman 
South 5th Street - Edward S. Andrews


Philadelphia Inquirer * November 13, 1884

Claudius W. Bradshaw - Noah Powell - Emma C. Johnson


Philadelphia Inquirer * January 13, 1885

Claudius W. Bradshaw - William Auter 
Officer Blair - Justice Farr


Philadelphia Inquirer * July 21, 1885

Claudius W. Bradshaw - John Chadwick - Frank Reed 


Philadelphia Inquirer * August 15, 1885

Claudius W. Bradshaw - H. Miller 


Philadelphia Inquirer
August 17, 1885

Claudius Bradshaw
Isaiah Woolston
John Gaunt
John W. Wescott
John W. Osler
Clinton Street
William Massey
Jane Wilson
Samuel Doughty
William Devlin
William Anderson
Isaac France
Adalaide Whitely
Kate Rice
Emma Devine


Philadelphia Inquirer - February 9, 1886

Theodore Lambert - Jane Clarkin - Claudius W. Bradshaw

Philadelphia Inquirer * May 19,1893

Claudius W. Bradshaw


Philadelphia Inquirer * May 29,1899

 Claudius W. Bradshaw - Benjamin F. Archer - Dr. Henry H. Davis - Jesse Pratt


Philadelphia Inquirer * May 31,1899


Claudius W. Bradshaw - Sons of St. George


Philadelphia Inquirer * June 1,1899

Claudius W. Bradshaw - Abraham Lincoln School


Philadelphia Inquirer * June 2, 1899

Claudius W. Bradshaw - South 2nd Street
Rev. Gilbert R. Underhill - St. John's Episcopal Church
Howard Carrow - Richard Smithh - Alfred Hugg
Louis T. Derousse - Christopher S. Magrath
Dr. John W. Donges - Cooper B. Hatch
Jesse Pratt - John Leighton Westcott


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