Clara Barton

By: Christina Nguyen & Alex Flores-Xie

Early Life

Clara Barton was born on 25 December, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts. After Clara was called to help her brother in an accident, she desired to help people. She got her education through local schools and through tutoring from her siblings. Clara later became a teacher at the age of 15 and opened a public schools in New Jersey. In the mid 1850's, she moved to Washington D.C. to work in the U.S. Patent Office as a clerk.



Contribution to the Civil War

Clara Barton was a nurse during the Civil War. She offered personal support for the wounded soldiers. She would read to them, write letters for them, and listen to their problems. Clara was one of the few nurses who provided clothing, foods, and supplies. Shes known as ¨The Angel of the Battlefield¨

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Life After Civil War

After the the Civil War, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 after working in the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. Clara served as the first president for the American Red Cross. She helped victims in disasters like the 1889 Johnstown Flood and the 1900 Galveston Flood. Clara Barton later resigned from the organization in 1904. After leaving the Red Cross, Clara Barton remained active giving lectures and speeches. She also wrote the book, ¨The Story of My Childhood¨ which was published in 1907. In 12 April, 1912, Clara Barton died at her home in Glen Echo, Maryland.

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Interesting Facts about Clara Barton

  • Her favorite color was red
  • She became a teacher around the age of 15
  • She loved pets.
  • She was a vegetarian
  • She opened her own school.
  • She was a civil rights activist

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