Clara Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in Oxford, Massachusetts. While visiting Europe, she worked having a help organization called the International Red Cross, and lobbied for an American division when she returned home. The American Red Cross was set up in 1881, and Barton served as its first president. A bashful kid, she first discovered her calling when she tended to her brother David after a collision. Barton afterwards found another outlet for her want to be useful as a teen. She became a teacher at age 15 and after started a free public school in New Jersey.
Throughout the Civil War, Clara Barton sought to help the soldiers in any manner she could. In the beginning, she gathered and distributed materials for the Union Army. Not content sitting on the sidelines, Barton served as an unbiased nurse and first saw battle in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1862. She also cared for soldiers wounded at Antietam. Following the war ended in 1865, Clara Barton worked for the War Department, helping to either reunite lost soldiers as well as their loved ones or learn more about people who were lost. She also became a lecturer and bunches of people came to hear her talk about her war experiences.
While visiting Europe, Clara Barton worked using a help organization called the International Red Cross through the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–’71. Some time after returning home to America, she started to lobby for an American division of the international organization. As its leader, Clara Barton manage aid and aid work for the victims of such catastrophes as the 1889 Johnstown Flood and the 1900 Galveston Flood.
Clara Barton stepped down in the American Red Cross in 1904 amid an internal power struggle and claims of fiscal mismanagement. While she was proven to become an autocratic leader, she never took a salary for her work inside the business and occasionally used her funds to support aid efforts. After leaving the Red Cross, Clara Barton stayed active, giving addresses and lectures. She also wrote a novel entitled The Story of My Youth, that was released in 1907. Barton died at her house in Glen Echo, Maryland, on April 12, 1912.