Clara Barton: A Woman who Saved Thousands

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Clara Barton was a woman of integrity. Although she was well know for her services to other people through her life, even to those people who could not afford it, her true fame came when she organized the American Red Cross.

Clarissa Harlow Barton was born on December 25, 1821 in North Oxford, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of five children. Most of her siblings were schoolteachers. They taught Clara how to read, write, ride horses, and do math problems by the time she was five. She was one smart little girl. She learned how to be a nurse when her brother David fell from the barn roof and he became very ill. For two long years she stayed by his bedside helping in every way possible, from giving him his medication, cleaning his wounds, or just keeping him company. Although she was very shy she loved to help people. (Hamilton 17-18).

At the age of 17 she became a schoolteacher and got a badge of honor for having the most disciplined class. She taught for about 13 years then returned home to further her education. After she graduated from Clinton she moved to Bordentown, New Jersey where she began teaching again at a school for families who could pay for their education (Hamilton 25-26).

In 1852 she finally got her wish of starti

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