Profile of the Day: Clara Barton
On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. During the American Civil War, Barton became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless work with the sick and wounded. During the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, she worked for the International Red Cross behind German lines. After the war, she returned to the U.S. and campaigned for the establishment of an American Red Cross organization which could provide emergency response in the event of crisis from war or natural disasters. Barton served as the American Red Cross’ first president and held the title for 23 years.
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