L. M. BRADLEY, attorney at law. Mound City, was born October 14, 1852, in Jackson County, Ill.; grandson of James H. Bradles, Sr., whose son, James H., was born August 21, 1821, in Jackson County, Ill. He was a farmer by occupation. He was joined in matrimony to Rutha Culley, born February 28, 1828, in Mount Vernon, Ind. She was a daughter of Josiah and Martha (Hogue) Culley and is the mother of a large family, of whom seven children are now living — Harriet E. Carter, Cynthia C. Davis, Charles M., Lewis M. (our subject), Samuel U., George B. and Olley. Our subject received a common school education in Jackson County, Ill., and in De Sota, Ill. In 1873, he opened a general store in the latter place with a partner, and continued in the business till 1880, hiring a clerk in his place when he was at school. The store paid his expenses while fitting himself for his profession. After attending the State Normal School at Carbondale for almost two years, he commenced the study of law with A. R. Pugh, of Murphysboro, as his preceptor. In 1878, he entered the law department of the Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., never missing a lesson during two years, graduating in 1880. Since then he has followed his profession one year at Murphysboro, and, since the fall of 1881 in Mound City, where he is also Notary Public, one of the publishers of the Pulaski Patriot, and since April 7, 1883, State's Attorney. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M., De Soto Lodge, No. 287. In politics, he is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 254-255.