Harry Lynde Bradley

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Harry Lynde Bradley
Born (1885-01-05)January 5, 1885
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died July 23, 1965(1965-07-23) (aged 80)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Resting place Forest Home Cemetery
Nationality American
Occupation Inventor
Employer Allen-Bradley
Known for The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Harry Lynde Bradley (January 5, 1885 – July 23, 1965), the brother of Lynde Bradley, was the co-founder of the Allen-Bradley Company and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.[1] He "became deeply involved in conservative causes",[2] with "a strong sense of anti-communism animat[ing] his political beliefs".[2] He supported Robert A. Taft for the Presidency in 1952, and Barry Goldwater in 1964.[2]

The Foundation, however, remained relatively small-scale until twenty years after Bradley's death, with the billion-dollar sale of Allen-Bradley to Rockwell Automation, which swelled the Foundation's assets from around $14m to around $290m.[2]

His adopted daughter, Marion Bradley Via, lived in Virginia, and died in 1993.[3] His daughter Jane Bradley Pettit, a philanthropist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died in 2001.[4]


  • Gurda, John (1992). The Bradley legacy: Lynde and Harry Bradley, their company, and their foundation. Milwaukee, Wis.: Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. LCCN 92081974. OCLC 26821637.


  1. ^ Bradley family has made a tradition of giving, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 6, 1985
  2. ^ a b c d John J. Miller (2003), "The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation", in How Two Foundations Reshaped America, Philanthropy Roundtable
  3. ^ His son Harry Lynda Bradley Junior died February 13,1995. Lived in Massachusetts. Bradley heir Via dies in Virginia, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 5, 1993
  4. ^ Jane Pettit was philanthropist beyond compare, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 16, 2001

External links

  • From local roots, Bradley Foundation builds conservative empire
  • Our founding families: Bradley Family
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