Clara Barton

Clara Barton (1821-1912)

Pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross.

Quote: “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do  a man’s work for less than a man’s pay.”



  • Clara Barton was born December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts.
  • Barton cared for her seriously ill brother as a teenager. It was her first experience as a nurse.
  • She began teaching at age 18, founded a school for workers children when she was 24, and established the first free school in Bordentown, New Jersey in 1852.
  • After the Civil War began, Barton quit her job and brought supplies to Union soldiers.
  • In 1881, the American Association of the Red Cross was formed and Barton was elected as president.
  • Barton served as president until 1904, and passed away April 1912 in her home.

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