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Grace Abbott

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Grace Abbott, American social worker. Awarded gold medal, American Social Science Association, 1931; Government delegate 19th and 23d International Labor Confs., 1933, 37. member of faculty Chicago Sch; member for United States of advisory com; member board Internat.


Abbott, Grace was born on November 17, 1878 in Grand Island, Nebraska, United States. Daughter of of Othman A. and Elizabeth M. (Griffin) Abbott.


Bachelor of Philosophy, Grand Island College, 1898, Doctor of Laws, 1931. University of Nebraska, 1902-1903, Doctor of Laws, 1931. The Master of Philisophy in Political Science, University of Chicago, 1909.

Doctor of Laws, University of N.H. and University of Wisconsin, 1932, Mount Holyoke College, 1935, Wilson College, 1934. Unmarried.


Teacher Grand Island High School, 1899-1902 and 1903-1907. Director Immigrants’ Protective League, 1908-1917. Resident Hull House, Chicago, 1908-1915.

Member of faculty Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy, 1910-1917. Director child labor div. of Children’s Bureau, Washington, District of Columbia, 1917-1919. Adviser, War Labor Policies Board, 1918.

Executive secretary Illinois Immigrants’ Commission, 1920-1921. Chief of the United States Children’s Bureau, 1921-1934. Professor of public welfare, and editor Social Service Review, University of Chicago.

President National Conference Social Work, 1924. Member for United States of advisory commission on traffic in women and children, League of Nations, since 1923. Member board International Conference Social Work.


  • Author: The Immigrant and the Community. The Immigrant in Massachusetts.


Member of faculty Chicago Sch. Member for United States of advisory com. Member board Internat.