Friday, May 21, 2010

In History: Clara Barton

This is the 26th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton officially founded and became the first president of the American Red Cross. Barton's life was extraordinary. She was a teacher, nurse, humanitarian, author and was involved in women's suffrage and civil rights. Her work leading up to the Red Cross involved working behind the lines of the Civil War, and then once the Red Cross was established, she worked during the Spanish-American War, in Istanbul, Beijing, Armenia, Cuba and in the aftermath of the 1900 hurricane in Galveston. Barton, born on Christmas Day in 1821, died in 1912 at age 90.

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