Swales, Bradshaw H. (Deceased)
Bradshaw was born on June 30, 1875, in Detroit. He attended the University of Michigan, earning an LLB degree in 1896 and an LLM degree in 1897. He passed the Michigan bar exam later that year and began to practice law in Detroit. In 1902, he married Mary Rhoda Medbury of Flint, Michigan. Outside of law, he was very interested in ornithology and anthropology, the latter particularly relating to American Indians and the settlement of the West. Swales moved to Washington, D.C., in 1918 and was appointed honorary custodian of the section of birds’ eggs in the National Museum. Then in 1921, he was appointed to be honorary assistant curator of birds. His specialty was foreign birds and he created a fund to contribute specimens of rare birds to the National Museum. Bradshaw was one of the founders of the Baird Ornithological Club and was its president when he died. He was elected to the American Ornithologists’ Union in 1902, and was made a member in 1909. He died January 23, 1928, at his home in Washington, DC. Bradshaw was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1919.