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Clara Barton 1 Clarrisa Harlowe Barton was born in North Oxford Massachusetts on December 25 1821 she had two older sisters Dorthy and Sally and two older brothers Stephen and David The were grown-up young adults when Clara was born Dorthy the oldest daughter was teaching in the Oxford school Stephen was a school teacher too David worked on his fathers farm He loved the pedigreed horses his father raised Sally was eleven when Clara was born Dorthy taught Clara her spelling Stephen taught her arithmetic David taught her how to play sports and how to rid horseback Sally helped her read maps and learn the names of countries states and capitals Claras mother Sarah Stone Barton taught her how to cook sew weave garden and make soap Claras father Captain Stephen Barton had fought in the Indian wars He was a farmer and a farmer and a horse breeder and was a school board member whose opinion was respected at North Oxford town meetings When Clara was young she doctored many pets in her town From 1832 to 1834 Clara doctored her brother David In 1839 when Clara was only fifteen she began her teaching career in Oxford Massachusetts Clara attended the Liberal Institution in Clinton New York when she was twenty-nine-years-old When Clara was thirty-two-years-old she started a free public school in Bordentown New Jersey A year after that she began to work as a clerk in the United States Patent Office Washington DCat the age of forty-one Clara took supplies to many battles and worked as a volunteer nurse and cook Two years later she was appointed superintendent of nurses in a Union army unit Clara soon became interested in finding missing soldiers Four years later Clara learned of the International Red Cross Clara worked for the Geneva treaty and the Red Cross and did lots of doctoring on the battlefields At the of seventy-seven she
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