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Bradshaw, John, president of the High Court of Justice that tried Charles I., was born in 1602 near Stockport, Cheshire. Called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1627, he became a bencher in 1645, and acted for some time as judge in the sheriff-courts of London. In 1649, when the trial of the king was decided on, he was appointed president of the High Court of Justice, receiving as a reward the presidency of the Council of State, and the chancellorship of the Duchy of Lancaster with estates worth £2,000 a year. He opposed the Protectorate subsequently, and got into disputes with Cromwell, who tried to deprive him of the chief justiceship of Chester. After Cromwell's death he became lord-president of the Council, dying in 1659. After the Restoration his body, which had been interred, in Westminster Abbey, was disinterred and gibbeted with the bodies of Cromwell and Ireton.