John Green Brady and Adoption

John Green Brady



Missionary, businessman, and territorial governor of Alaska

Brady was born in New York. His mother died when he was very young. His father remarried, but Brady seems to have been unhappy with his step-mother, and he ran away from home when he was eight, living on the streets until he was sent to a children's home, and in 1858 he was sent on the Orphan Train to Indiana, where he was adopted by a local judge named John Green. With him on the same train was Andrew Burke, who became his good friend and was later governor of North Dakota.

After reaching adulthood and graduating from Yale in 1874, Brady became a Presbyterian minister and was one of that denomination's first pastors in Alaska (1878), where he also established a school for Native Alaskan children. He left the ministry and became active in the logging industry. He was appointed territorial governor in 1897 and continued to press for Native Alaskan civil rights, but he resigned in 1906 after a critical enquiry into his involvement with the Reynolds-Alaska Development Company fraud (he was later exonerated). He had diabetes.


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