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, United States (USA) (American Colonies) - 1881 - The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.

At a meeting this evening, largely attended by prominent citizens and those actively interested in beneficent organizations, a constitution was adopted as a basis of an organization to be known as the Red Cross Society. Judge Wm. Lawrence presided. Mrs. Clara Barton, prominently identified with sanitary and hospital work during the civil war, and conspicuous during the Franco-Prussian war as one of the Red Cross representatives, read a paper showing the scope and efficiency of red cross societies in countries where the order is recognized by government and accorded the powers and privileges which are asked for it in the United States. Several of the Cabinet officers and many of the highest army officers are very warm supporters of the cause, notable Secretaries Blaine, Windom and Lincoln, Generals Sherman, Grant, Sheridan and others.

Lawrence Daily Journal
Lawrence, Kansas
May 22, 1881

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