Tom Bradley Birthday & Fun Facts | Kidadl

Tom Bradley Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Arts & Crafts
Learn more
Reading & Writing
Learn more
Math & Logic
Learn more
Sports & Active
Learn more
Music & Dance
Learn more
Social & Community
Learn more
Mindful & Reflective
Learn more
Outdoor & Nature
Learn more
Read these Tokyo facts to learn all about the Japanese capital.

Tom Bradley Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Thomas Bradley
Place Of Birth
Calvert, USA
106 years old
Birth Date
December 29 1917

Tom Bradley Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
University of California
Net Worth
Lorraine Bradley, Phyllis Bradley
Lee Thomas Bradley, Crenner Bradley
Howard Bradley, Lawrence Bradley

About Tom Bradley

 Thomas Bradley or Tom Bradley was an American politician and police officer.

He served as the Mayor of Los Angeles from 1973-993. Thomas Bradley was born on December 29, 1917, in Calvert, Texas, United States, and died on September 29, 1998, in Los Angeles, California.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Tom Bradley's net worth?

Tom Bradley's net worth was $5 million.

How much did Tom Bradley earn per year?

The famous politician used to earn around $1 million per year as a politician.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Tom Bradley?

He was 5 ft 9 in (182 cm) tall.

How old was Tom Bradley?

Tom Bradley was born on December 29, 1917. His death date was September 29, 1998, and at the time of his death, he was 80 years old.

Childhood And Education

Tom Bradley was born in Calvert, Texas, in 1917. His parents were poor sharecroppers. They moved to Arizona to pick cotton, and in 1924, they moved to Los Angeles, where his mother was a maid, and his father was a Santa Fe Railroad porter.

Tom Bradley attended Rosemont Elementary School and then Lafayette Junior High School. He studied at Polytechnic High School and was the first black student elected as the president of the boys league. Also, he was the first to be inducted into the Ephebians national honor society. He was the captain of the track team and all-city tackle for the football team at high school.

In 1937, Tom Bradley enrolled at UCLA on an athletic scholarship, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts and joined the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. He was the photographer for Jimmy Durante, a comedian, while at college. He also received a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.

Tom Bradley was born to Lee Thomas and Crenner Bradley, poor sharecroppers. He had four siblings- Lawrence, Willa Mae, Ellis, and Howard.

Speaking of his family life, Tom Bradley was married to Ethel Arnold in 1941. They had two children together, Lorraine Bradley and Phyllis Bradley. 

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Tom Bradley's Spouse?

In 1941, Tom Bradley got married to Ethel Arnold.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Tom Bradley was a Los Angeles City Council member from the 10th district from 1963-1973. He was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles from July 1, 1973, to July 1, 1993. The 20 years Tom Bradley spent as a mayor of LA marked the longest tenure by any mayor in the history of LA, and he was also the second black mayor of a major US city when he was elected in 1973. He retired in 1993 because his ratings began dropping with the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

What awards had Tom Bradley Won?

Tom Bradley was awarded the Spingarn Medal from NAACP in 1985.

Other Interesting Tom Bradley Facts And Trivia

  • In his honor, Tom Bradley International Terminal was named at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Tom Bradley's mayoral archives are held at UCLA.
  • He was elected as the first African American mayor of the LA City Council while representing a racially mixed district.
  • The African American Mayor opened City Hall and city commissions to women, minorities, and people with disabilities, mainly for the first time.
  • The supposed racial discrimination caused his unexpected loss in the 1982 race for Governor, and the political term 'the Bradley effect' came to light.
  • He joined the LA Police Department in 1950, becoming one of the black officers. He was one of just 400 or so black officers from the Police Department at the time.
  • While an officer, he completed a law degree at Southwestern University in 1956.
  • He came up with the political term 'Bradley Effect.'

We would love your help! If you have a photo of Tom Bradley, either of them alone or a selfie that you would be happy to share, please send it to [email protected].
If you have knowledge or information that you think would help us improve this article, please contact us.

The Kidadl Team is made up of people from different walks of life, from different families and backgrounds, each with unique experiences and nuggets of wisdom to share with you. From lino cutting to surfing to children’s mental health, their hobbies and interests range far and wide. They are passionate about turning your everyday moments into memories and bringing you inspiring ideas to have fun with your family.

Read The Disclaimer

Was this article helpful?