John Bradshaw, president of the court which tried Charles I., born about 1590, died in 1659. He was made chief justice of Chester in 1647, and sergeant in 1648; and on Jan. 10, 1649, the commissioners for trying the king chose him for their president. He performed the duties of the office with dignity and sternness, and declared on his deathbed that if the king were to be tried and condemned again, he would be the first to agree to it. He was made chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster and lord president of the council of state, and received valuable grants from parliament. He opposed Cromwell's elevation to the supreme power, and on the latter's assumption of the protectorate, he was accordingly deprived of the chief-justiceship of Chester; but after Cromwell's death he obtained a seat in the council, and was again elected president. Bradshaw left the reputation of a cold and impassive, but upright, conscientious, and heroic republican. He was buried with great pomp in Westminister abbey, but on the restoration his body was taken from the tomb and gibbeted beside those of Cromwell and Ireton.