Clara Barton and the American Red Cross

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Clara Barton
Clara Harlow Barton was born on December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of five children. Clara was taught at home and started teaching school when she was only fifteen years old. Her only nursing background was having the experience of nursing her injured brother back to health. Clara Barton is known for founding the American Red Cross. She is also known for establishing the free pubic school in Bordentown, New Jersey. Clara started her career by enrolling at the Clinton Liberal Institute for females in 1850. From this institute she received her teaching certificate. The most influential people in her life were her parents.

Clara had two brothers, and two sisters. Her brother’s names were David and Stephan, and her sisters were Sally and Dorothy. Her father was once a captain in the war, therefore earning him the title Captain Stephen Barton. Because of his war background, Captain Barton taught Clara about geography and the battlefield. Clara’s mother also taught her how to cook and sew. Her brother’s taught her math and anything that had to do with riding animals, balancing, and also nursing and caring for animals. Clara’s sisters Dorothy and Sally taught her how to read by the time that she was four years old. Although Clara was a very smart girl, she was very shy. When she turned four, her parents enrolled her in Colonel Richard Stone’s school. Clara was a great student in her work, but due to her shyness, did not make nay friends. Clara made no friends in school for the next four years. Her parents then decided that enrolling Clara in a boarding school would help with her shyness. They soon found out that this would not work. Being so overwhelmed caused Clara to be even more shy and to herself. Her parents then withdrew Clara form school all together.

When Clara was eleven her oldest brother, David, fell form a barn roof while trying to repair it. They did not believe that David would live....
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