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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
George T. Bradt

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 643-644 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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On the roster of county officials in Schenectady county appears the name of George T. Bradt, the capable incumbent in the position of clerk. He has been prominent in the affairs of the republican party for a number of years and is also an active factor in business circles of Schenectady as head of the Bradt Coal Company. He was born in the city of Schenectady, New York, on the 4th of August, 1869, his parents being Henry and Jane A. Bradt. His public school education was supplemented by a course of study in the Union Classical Institute of Schenectady, while subsequently he matriculated in Union University of this city and was graduated therefrom in 1893. The same year he was chosen clerk of the board of supervisors and the following year became secretary of the board of water commissioners of Schenectady, continuing in the latter capacity until 1899. From June, 1899, to January 1, 1911, he was employed by the General Electric Company, in the testing department.

On the 1st of January, 1911, Mr. Bradt assumed the duties of deputy county clerk, which he discharged with faithfulness and capability until November 23, 1917, when death caused a vacancy in the office of county clerk. At the request of the republican organization of Schenectady county, as well as of many members of the bar and private individuals, Mr. Bradt was appointed to fill out the unexpired term by Governor Whitman. He was afterward nominated and elected to the position of county clerk and served until 1921, when he was reelected for the term expiring December 31, 1924, and has again been chosen to succeed himself for the term of three years, expiring December 31, 1927. In this connection he is making a most commendable record which fully justifies the support and confidence of his constituents.

On the 14th of August, 1895, Mr. Bradt was united in marriage to Miss Ada A. Kerste. They have two daughters: Mrs. Adelene K. True, a resident of Malden, Massachusetts; and Dorothy, who is attending school. Mr. Bradt built his present fine home at No. 12 Fuller street in 1908 and is now contemplating the erection of a new residence. He also maintains a summer home at Rotterdam Junction. Worthy exemplar of the teachings and purposes of the Masonic fraternity, he belongs to Charles N. Mead Lodge No. 862, F. & A. M., of Schenectady and is also a member of the Pi Phi Society of Schenectady. He is likewise connected with the Schenectady County Republican Club and with the volunteer fire department. His favorite forms of diversion are fishing and motoring. A lifelong resident of Schenectady county, he is widely and favorably known as one of its esteemed citizens, representative business men and trustworthy public officials.

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