Bradley County lies in the SouthEastern part of the State, in the fertile Tennessee Valley. It is bounded on the North by Meigs and McMinn Counties and the Hiwassee River; on the East by Polk County; on the West by Hamilton County and on the South by the Georgia State Line.
The County was formed in 1836 from lands ceded by the Cherokee Indians under the
Treaty of New Echota. It is named for Col. Edward Bradley, who served in the War of 1812
and was a friend of Andrew Jackson. Cleveland, the County Seat, is named for Col. Benjamin
Cleveland, one of the heroes of King's Mountain (1780).
The land that was to become Bradley County was chosen as the site for the Cherokee Indian Agency.
It was established at Charleston in 1819. Return J. Meigs, known as White Eagle to the Indians,
was the first Indian Agent to serve at this location.