The following biographical information is provided by Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D., Senior Curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Mass., and Executive Director Emeritus of the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Mass.:
William E. Braley (1874-1928) was an art teacher, newspaper cartoonist, and illustrator in his native Fall River, Massachusetts. The son of William J. Braley, house carpenter, and his British-born wife Elizabeth, William Ernest Braley was born in June 1874, was evidently educated in the local schools, and by 1889, at age about 15, was already listed as an artist in the Fall River City Directory. He traveled to Alaska in 1898, possibly in company with the New Bedford and San Francisco whaling fle
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