| Ernest Bradfer|
| 29 March 1833 (1833-03-29) Nantois, Meuse, France|
June 9, 1882, Bar-le-Duc, France
Ernest Bradfer Wikipedia
Jean-Baptiste Christophe Ernest Bradfer (29 March 1833 – 9 June 1882) was a French iron master and politician who was active in local politics in Bar-le-Duc, Meuse.
Ernest Bradfer was born in Nantois on 29 March 1833. His father was Jean-Baptiste Bradfer (1808–88). Ernest was educated in Nancy, Bar-le-Duc, Paris and then Strasbourg. The Bradfers were both ironmasters and industrialists in Naix-aux-Forges and Bar-le-Duc. In 1859 they partnered with the ironmaster Joseph-Bernard Viry and his son Louis to open a foundry and blast furnace in Bar-le-Duc. In 1866 they bought out Viry and the Bradfer-Viry company became Bradfer père et fils (Bradfer Father & Son). It produced iron piping for water and gas. Ernest then bought the mines in Maron, Meurthe-et-Moselle. In 1876 they joined with Antoine Aubin Durenne, who owned the patent for the Lavril pipe connector, and founded "Bradfer et fils & Cie A.A. Durenne".
Ernest Bradfer was elected municipal councilor twice. In 1879 he became mayor of Bar-le-Duc. On 21 May 1880 he was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Ernest Bradfer died in Bar-le-Duc in 1882. His parents followed his wish and built a school in 1885, mainly for the children of the employees in their factories. In 1886 a statue of Bradfer by Onésyme-Aristide Croisy was erected, surrounded by four lions. The statue and the magnificent lions, which are each different, are in the court of the school. A street was named after him.