Benjamin E. Bradley, general manager of the Star of St. Louis and widely known in newspaper circles throughout the country, was born in Lafayette county, Missouri, October 13, 1869, and is a son of Benjamin A. and Martha R. (Briggs) Bradley. The father died August 30, 1919, at the venerable age of eighty-seven years, being then the oldest living native-born resident of Johnson county, Missouri. The family has been represented on American soil through many generations and the forebears of Benjamin E. Bradley have fought in all the different wars from the Revolution, while his son Philip was a soldier in France in the World war.
Benjamin E. Bradley completed his education in the University of Missouri. His life has been given to the newspaper business and steadily he has advanced to prominence in journalistic circles. He was manager at one time of the Western Democrat at Missoula, Montana, afterward city editor of the Times, the Post and the Republican at Denver, Colorado, later became legislative correspondent of the Chronicle of San Francisco and upon his return to the middle west accepted the position of managing editor of the Inter-Ocean of Chicago. Returning to his native state, he was assistant general manager of the Post-Dispatch until he became identified with the Star, of which he is now vice president and general manager.
Mr. Bradley has been married twice. In Missoula, Montana, on the 11th of May, 1893, he wedded Louise M. Worden, daughter of Frank I.. Worden, who was the founder of that city. On the 2d of June, 1913, in Buffalo, New York, he married Dorothea S. Lockwood, a daughter of E. C. Lockwood of the Standard Oil Company. To Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have been born three children, Philip E., Katherine and Robert L.
In politics Mr. Bradley maintains an independent course, and is thus free to support plans or measures which he deems of interest to the welfare and progress of city, commonwealth or country. His social nature finds expression in his membership in the City Club, the Century Boat Club and the Algonquin Golf Club, associations that also indicate much of the nature of his interests and recreations aside from his chosen liner of business.