Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton (1821 - 1912) MP

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Nicknames: "Clara"
Birthplace: Oxford,Worcester,MA
Death: Died in Glen Echo,MD
Occupation: Founder of the Red Cross, Founder of The American Red Cross
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

Clara Barton (1821-1912)

"...was a pioneer American teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. She is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross..."

"...Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts, to Stephen and Sarah Barton. She was the youngest of five children. Clara's father was a farmer and horse breeder (who also served as a captain in the French and Indian Wars), while her mother Sarah managed the household. The two later helped found the first Universalist Church in Oxford..."

"...On April 21, 1861, nine days after the start of the Civil War, Barton tended to wounded Massachusetts soldiers quartered in the U.S. Senate chamber in Washington..."

"...In 1864 she was appointed by Union General Benjamin Butler as the "lady in charge" of the hospitals at the front of the Army of the James..."

"...She met Susan B. Anthony and began a long association with the woman's suffrage movement..."

"..In 1869, during her trip to Geneva, Switzerland, Barton was introduced to the Red Cross and Henry Dunant's book A Memory of Solferino, which called for the formation of national societies to provide relief voluntarily on a neutral basis..."

"...Barton ... became President of the American branch of the society, which was founded on May 21, 1881 in Dansville, N.Y.."

".... Although not formally a member of the Universalist Church of America, in a 1905 letter to the widow of Carl Norman Thrasher, she identified herself with her parents' church as a "Universalist”.."

"...In 1975, Clara Barton National Historic Site was established as a unit of the National Park Service at Barton's Glen Echo, Maryland home, where she spent the last 15 years of her life..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Clara Barton', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 June 2011, 03:25 UTC, <> [accessed 21 June 2011]


"People should not say that this or that is not worth learning, giving as their reason that it will not be put to use. They can no more know what information they will need in the future than they will know the weather two hundred years from today." --Clara Barton

"An institution that is not selfish must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness." --Clara Barton

"You must never so much as think whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it." --Clara Barton


Held DAR membership #160 as "Descendant of David Stone, of Massechusetts"



North Cemetery, Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts

SOURCE: Find A Grave Memorial# 63.

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Clara Barton (founder and 1st President of the American Red Cross)'s Timeline

December 25, 1821
December 25, 1821


April 12, 1912
Age 90
Glen Echo,MD
North Oxford Cemetery,Oxford,MA