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 Lydia <I>Moss</I> Bradley

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Lydia Moss Bradley

  • Birth 31 Jul 1816 Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 16 Jan 1908 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 12907708

Lydia was born the daughter of Capt. Zeally Moss and Jennette Glascock Moss.

Founded and endowed the Bradley Polytechnic Institute, now called Bradley University in Peoria. She was a pioneer in many fields.

In May 1837 she married Tobias S. Bradley and moved to Peoria.

(Lydia Moss Bradley was also the first woman ever to draft a marriage contract (in modern terms a 'prenuptial agreement') protecting her assets.)

She established the school to honor her husband Tobias and her six children, all of whom died at an early age.

She gave land to the Society of St. Francis to build a hospital, now known as the St. Francis Medical Center. In 1884, Lydia built the Bradley Home for Aged Women to care for widowed and childless women.

Family Members



Tobias S. Bradley
Jan. 21, 1811 - May 4, 1867
Lydia Moss Bradley
July 31, 1816 - Jan. 16, 1908

Gravesite Details Plaque from Zeally Moss Society on headstone.
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  • Originally Created by: Jan Miller
  • Added: 6 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12907708
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lydia Moss Bradley (31 Jul 1816–16 Jan 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12907708, citing Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by PerseidsGirl (contributor 47740091) .