Former Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture
Former Michigan Senator
Businessman, The Irwin Group
LSSU Outstanding Alumnus Award '91
"Brady is a man of unassuming manner, and modest worth, and is quite beloved
by all his officers, among whom the greatest harmony and the best understanding
- Sault Ste. Marie and its Great Waterway
Brady enlisted in the US Infantry in 1792 and first served with General
Wayne in the campaign of 1792-95 against the northwest Indians.
He was promoted to the rank of captain on January 8, 1799.
In January 15, 1800 Brady was honorably discharged to retire to civil life.
He remained inactive until the outbreak of the War of 1812 when he enlisted
in the United States Army. He reentered the army with the rank of colonel.
In the Battle of Lundy's Lane he was wounded so severely he was kept from
active duty for the remainder of the war.
Following the War of 1812 Brady was stationed at Sacketts Harbor as colonel
of the Second Infantry. He led his troops from Sacketts Harbor to the Sault
three years later to establish a US garrison there. Upon arrival he was promoted
to Brigadier General and built a fort with his crew of 250 men.
Many years later he was given command of the Northwestern Department of
the Army with headquarters in Detroit. On May 30, 1848 he was promoted to
the rank of Major General. He died three years later on April 15, 1851 from
a fractured skull.
Brady fractured his skull while riding in his carriage. His horse ran away
and he was thrown to the ground, hitting his skull upon a rock. He died after
struggling for five days.
History records Brady's funeral as the most imposing military funeral the
city of Detroit had ever witnessed