Bradford Sherman (1827-1917) was born in Eastham, Massachusetts, and died in Chicago, Illinois. Sherman's interest in Christian Science began in 1882, after witnessing a healing in Boston. He then returned to Chicago and, after studying Science and Health, began teaching and healing. Later, he was a student of Mary Baker Eddy's, completing the Primary class (1884) and Normal class (1885). Sherman played an important role in the growth of the Christian Science movement in the Midwest and also helped make arrangements for Eddy's first visit to Chicago in May 1884. He joined the Christian Scientist Association on March 4, 1885, and in July 1893, he united with The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and was a member until his passing. Sherman advertised as a Christian Science practitioner and teacher in The Christian Science Journal from 1884 to 1917, practicing alongside his wife, Martha E. Sherman, from 1884 to 1897 and later with his son, Roger, from 1902 to 1917.