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Jane Addams was born in Cedarville Illinois on September 6 1860and the eighth of nine children Her father John Addams was a prosperous miller and local political leader who served for sixteen years as a state senator and fought as an officer in the Civil War he was a friend of Abraham Janes mother dies when she was only two Her father remarried and her new stepmother brought along two new stepbrothers to add to the already large family With the fact of Janes mother passing away she was especially devoted to her father her father became her idol Jane 1 He taught her tolerance philanthropy and strong work ethic Biography 2 He encouraged her to pursue higher education but not at the cost of losing her femininity and the prospect of marriage and motherhood Biography 2 She was born Laura Jane Addams and was named after Mrs Laura Jane Forbes an intelligent young woman who had taught private school in the village before she married Colonel HC Forbes Soon her siblings were calling her Jenny for most Janes were Jennys then so soon after the gala concert tour of Jenny Lind the Swedish Nightingale When Jenny was 2 years old she was still sleeping with her mother who died while giving birth to her ninth child This brought great sorrow to the town of Cedarville because Janes mother was very well liked in the town usually being the first to the bedside of the sick or invalid and a great comfort to all of the townspeople Wise 16 Although Janes mother lost 4 children at a very young age she had five healthy ones survive The oldest was Mary who cared for all the children then Martha Webber Alice and Jenny the baby of the family Jane When their father went to Springfield for the state legislature Mary wrote to him often telling him about the children and the quickly spreading scarlet
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