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Timeline of Lydia’s life

1816 – Lydia Moss is born on July 31 in Vevay, Indiana. Her father was a captain in the American Revolutionary War.

1837 – Lydia marries Tobias Bradley on May 11 in Vevay.

1839 – Lydia and Tobias’ first child, Rebecca, is born in January. The couple will have five more children in the next 16 years.

1845 – Lydia and Tobias’s daughter, Rebecca, passes away. Over the next 19 years, all six Bradley children die, with Laura living the longest to age 14.

1847 – Lydia, Tobias and Clarissa move to Peoria in the springtime and purchase a tract of land.

1867 – Lydia’s husband Tobias dies after a carriage accident.

1869 – Lydia marries Edward Clark Dec. 29. She filed the nation’s first prenuptial agreement.

1873 – Lydia and Clark divorce.

1875 – Lydia becomes the first woman member of a national bank board, and she later serves as director of the board for 25 years.

1897 – The Bradley Polytechnic Institute is founded with a focus on horology, or watchmaking.

1893 – Lydia deeds 100 acres of land to the City of Peoria, creating Laura Bradley Park.

1903 – Lydia wins a U.S. Supreme Court case over a land dispute.

1907 – Lydia passes away Jan. 16 in her home.

1998 – Lydia is inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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