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Clara Barton
By: Laura C.
New Jersey, Grade 8



I am nominating Clarissa Harlowe Barton. I am nominating her because she was a great woman, and did many wonderful things in her ninety-three years of life. First of all, she opened and taught in numerous schools. At the outbreak of the Civil War, she delivered supplies to the wounded soldiers, directly at the front. In 1864, Clara was granted the position of superintendent of the Union Nurses. After the war, with the permission of Abraham Lincoln, she set up a letter-writing campaign to find missing soldiers. In 1881, she formed the American Red Cross and became its first president. As president, she wrote the American ammendment to the Red Cross Constitution, which provided for disaster relief in times of peace as well as war. Clara Barton died on April 12th, 1912 because of cold complications. Clara's moddo was: ''You must never so much as think whether you like it or not.''



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