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.