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Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge

social worker , educator.

Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge, American social worker, educator. Member Kentucky Bar.; Member faculty Chicago U. since 1902; Member Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa.


Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston was born in 1866 in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. Daughter of William Campbell Preston and Issa (Desha) Breckinridge.


Bachelor of Science, Wellesley, 1888. Doctor of Philisophy, University of Chicago, 1901. Juris Doctor, 1904; Doctor of Laws, Oberlin College, 1919, University of Kentucky, 1925, Tulane University, 1939.


Dean Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy. President American Association Schools of Social Work, 1934-1935. President Ill; president Chicago chapter Association Social Workers.

President Chicago Woman’s City Club.


  • Author: Legal Tender, A Study in American Monetary History, 1901. (with Edith Abbott) The Delinquent Child and the Home, 1912. (with Marion Talbot) The Modern Household, 1912.

    (with Edith Abbott) Truancy, 1917. New Homes for Old, 1921. Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a Leader in the New South, 1921.

    Family Welfare Work in a Metropolitan Community, 1924. Public Welfare Administration, 1927. The Family and the State, 1934.

    Social Work and the Courts, 1934. The Illinois Poor Law and its Administration, 1939.


Member Kentucky Bar. Member faculty Chicago U. since 1902. Member Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa.


William Campbell Preston Breckinridge

Issa (Desha) Breckinridge