Julia Clifford Lathrop

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Julia Clifford Lathrop

Also Known As: "1st Director of United States Children's Bureau"
Birthplace: Rockford, Winnebago, IL
Death: 1932 (73-74)
Place of Burial: Greenwood Cemetery Rockford Winnebago County Illinois
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Lathrop, U.S. Congress and Sarah Adeline Lathrop
Sister of Edward Potter Lathrop; Anna Hubbell Lathrop; Robert Lathrop; Ruth Madge Lathrop and William Taggart Lathrop, Jr

Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Julia Clifford Lathrop



Social Reformer. A college friend of Hull House founder Jane Addams, she worked for Addams as a county visitor and later served as a member of the Illinois State Board of Charities. In 1901 she resigned from the board in 1901 in protest against a political opponent, but was later reappointed by another governor. In 1912 she was appointed by President William Howard Taft to head the Children's Bureau, a part of the Department of Labor, where she served as chief until 1921. She was also outspoken on the issues of aid for mothers and birth registration.


Julia Clifford Lathrop (June 29, 1858 – April 15, 1932) was an American social reformer in the area of education, social policy, and children's welfare. As director of the United States Children's Bureau from 1912 to 1922, she was the first woman ever to head a United States federal bureau.

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June 29, 1858
Rockford, Winnebago, IL
Age 73
Greenwood Cemetery Rockford Winnebago County Illinois