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Geo. S. Wright came to Marshall in 1835, and is still one of its honored citizens. He was born and raised to early manhood in the city of New York. His manners are courtly, and his general bearing that of an educated and refined gentleman. He has long been cashier of the First National Bank of Marshall. Charles D. Smith was the first merchant in Marshall, and although his prices seemed enormous, or rather, seem so now, he made but little money. The well-watered whisky which he sold to the Indians paid him better than two-shilling calico. He long since left the state. Edward Bradley, of the law firm of Gibbs & Bradley, was of Irish extraction, and possessed all the ardor and enthusiasm belonging to the distinguished sons of the Emerald Isle. He was a good specimen of nature's nobility; neglectful of his personal appearance, mingling freely with the people as one of them. His only pride of character, if he may be said to have had any, consisted in a quick perception of an insult, and in the full appreciation of a mean act, by whomsoever committed. As a lawyer, he stood in the first rank as an advocate, and, as a stump speaker, he had few, if any, equals. When under the influence of excitement, and moved by the great political principles involved in the contest of a political campaign, his voice, manner and language awakened an enthusiasm in the countless multitude, which no one but a Bradley could excite. His manner and language were his own, the gift of nature rather than education. Mr. Bradley was elected to congress, and died on his way to Washington, of consumption, superinduced, I have no doubt, by his almost superhuman exertions as a stump speaker during the Cass campaign, so-called. No member of his family are now residents of this county.

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