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Clara Barton

nurse , teacher

When 3 years old, Clara was sent to school with her brother Stephen where she excelled in reading and spelling. While at school she became close friends with Nancy Fitts; this is the only known friend Clara Barton had as a child due to her extreme timidness. Her parents tried to help rid her of this shyness by sending her to Col. Stones High School, but their strategy turned out to be a disaster.

Background

Clara Barton became more timid and depressed and would not eat. She was immediately removed from the school and brought back home to regain her health.

Her parents tried to help rid her of this shyness by sending her to Col. Stones High School, but their strategy turned out to be a disaster. Clara Barton became more timid and depressed and would not eat. She was immediately removed from the school and brought back home to regain her health.

Upon her return, her family relocated to help a family member, as the nephew of Captain Stephen Barton had died and left his wife with four children and a farm. The house that the Barton family was to live in, needed to be painted and repaired.[1] Clara was persistent in offering her assistance, for which the painter was very grateful. After the work was done, Clara felt at a loss because she had nothing else to do to help and not feel like a burden to her family.[2] She began to play with her male cousins, and to their surprise, she was good at keeping up with such tasks as horseback riding. It was not until after she had injured herself that Clara's mother began to question her playing with the boys. Clara's mother wanted her to become acquainted with her feminine side. She invited one of Clara's female cousins over to help develop her femininity. Upon learning from her cousin, she gained proper social skills as well.

She was just ten when she assigned herself the task of nursing her brother David back to health after he fell from the roof of a barn and received a severe injury. She learned how to distribute the prescribed medication to her brother, as well as how to place leeches on his body to bleed him. (This was a regular treatment during this time.) She continued to care for David long after doctors had given up. Her brother made a full recovery

Education

Graduate Clinton (N Y.) Liberal Institute Taught sch.

Achievements

  • Barton opened a free school in Bordentown, New Jersey,[4] the first free school to be opened in the state.

    In 1855 she moved to Washington District of Columbia and began work as a clerk in the United States Patent Office

    this was the first time a woman had received a substantial clerkship in the federal government and at a salary equal to a man's salary.

Works

  • Author: History of Red Cross, 1882 (public by Government). America’s Relief Expedition to Asia Minor (Armenia), 1896. History of the Red Cross in Peace and War, 1898 (public by International Society, New York).A Story of the Red Cross, 1904. Story of My Childhood, 1907. Named to New Jersey Hall of Fame, 2007.

Connections

She was never married, as she knew the restrictions of a married women at the time, but had a relationship with John J. Elwell.

In 1863 she began a romantic relationship with a married officer, Colonel John J. Elwell

mother:
Sarah Stone Barton

a father:
Capt. Stephen Barton

brother:
Stephen