Guy Bradford

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The Right Honourable
Sir Guy Bradford
MP
Bradford in 1959.
17th Premier of Vodeo
Elections: 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1962
In office
27 April 1950 – 16 July 1965
Monarch David (1950-54)
Robert (1954-65)
Vice-Premier Calvin Lucas (1950-59)
Gordon O'Neill (1959-65)
Predecessor Miles Walters-Cray
Successor Gordon O'Neill
Leader of the Federal Party
In office
16 March 1948 – 16 July 1965
Predecessor Thomas Baker
Successor Gordon O'Neill
Member of Parliament for Saviso
In office
15 September 1934 – 20 November 1965
Predecessor Ernest Clark
Successor Margaret Henderson
Personal information
Born 13 April 1890
Limes, St Austell, Vodeo
Died 28 November 1985 (aged 95)
Royal Saviso Hospital, Saviso, Vodeo
Resting place Saviso Town Cemetery
Birth name Guy Walter Bradford
Nationality Vodean
Political party Federal
Spouse(s) Kathleen Bradford (née Dawes)
(1911-1985, his death)
Children 4
Alma mater University of Saviso
Military service
Allegiance Dominion of Vodeo
Service/branch Royal Vodean Army
In service 1912 – 1915
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 2nd St Austell Regiment

Sir Guy Walter Bradford (13 April 1890 – 28 November 1985) was a Vodean politician who served as the 18th Premier of Vodeo from 27 April 1950 to 16 July 1965. He is Vodeo's longest-serving Premier, serving over 15 years in office.

Bradford led Federal to a landslide victory in the 1950 election, running on a platform of economic revival, smaller government, and anti-communism. He was re-elected in 1953, 1956, 1959, and 1962; he is one of only three Premiers to win a third-term majority, the others being Caldwell Runciman in 1895 and Victoria Stobie in 2016 (incidentally, all as Federal Premiers). During his time as Premier, Bradford oversaw record economic and demographic growth, transforming Vodeo from a middle industrial power in Tarephia to one of the continent's major economies. A moderate conservative, Bradford kept many of the social welfare programs of his Liberal predecessors. His government is most known today for its actions during the 1952-53 waterside strike, the expansion of both the national highway system and the immigration system, an emphasis on higher education, the first use of atomic power in Vodeo, and for playing a major role in the evolution of the Ingerish Commonwealth from an association of members and former members of the Ingerish Empire into a military and economic pact.

Bradford announced his resignation on 16 June 1965, and was succeeded by his Vice-Premier, Gordon O'Neill, one month later on 16 July. After retiring from Parliament at the 1965 election, he became an elder statesman, and in 1971 was knighted for his service to the nation. Although not the oldest person to take the office of Premier (Bradford was 60 when he took office in 1950, while Julian Macquarie was 66 in 1868), he left office at the age of 75 as the oldest person to ever serve as Premier.

Bradford maintained high popularity throughout his time in office - his party's narrow victory in 1962 is commonly ascribed to favourable economic conditions and his personal popularity - and after leaving office gained esteem as Vodeo's most popular Premier since Consolidation. In two separate polls held in 1999 and 2010, he was voted Vodeo's greatest-ever Premier.

House of Commons of Vodeo
Years Term Electorate Party
1934-1937 29th Saviso Federal
1937-1940 30th
1940-1944 31st
1944-1947 32nd
1947-1950 33rd
1950-1953 34th
1953-1956 35th
1956-1959 36th
1959-1962 37th
1962-1965 38th

Later years and death

Bradford retired from politics after the 1965 election, although he remained active in the Federal Party for the rest of his life. In 1970 he was nominated by Premier Albert Gearon for a knighthood, was listed in the 1971 King's New Year's Honours; he was knighted in Holme on 17 January 1971.

Bradford had maintained generally good health throughout his life, however from 1981 his condition began to deteriorate, and through much of 1984 and 1985 suffered poor health. He died surrounded by family in the Royal Saviso Hospital on 28 November 1985, at the age of 95. His state funeral was held in Saviso on December 3, and was attended by monarchs and statesmen from around the world. More than 200,000 people lined the funeral route, with many applauding as his hearse passed by. He was buried in the Saviso Town Cemetery, and was joined by his wife Kathleen following her death in April 1991.

Legacy

Saviso International Airport was renamed Saviso Bradford Airport in Bradford's honour on 13 April 1990, the date of his 100th birthday.