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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1794-1887 (search)
Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1794-1887 Philanthropist; born in Worcester, Mass., about 1794. After her father's death she supported herself by teaching a school for young girls in Boston. Becoming interested in the welfare of the convicts in the State prison at Charlestown, her philanthropic spirit expanded and embraced all of the unfortunate and suffering classes. Having inherited from a relative property sufficient to render her independent, she went to Europe for her health. Returning to Boston in 1837, she devoted her life to the investigation and alleviation of the condition of paupers, lunatics, and prisoners, encouraged by her friend and pastor, Dr. Channing. In this work she visited every State in the Union east of the Rocky Mountains, endeavoring to persuade legislatures to aid the unfortunate, and was instrumental in bringing about the foundation of several State asylums for the insane. At the breaking out of the Civil War she was appointed superintendent of hospital nurs
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
Department, approved by the President and endorsed by the Secretary of War, is revoked by President Cleveland as not authorized by law nor justifiable as an executive act......June 16, 1887 Reunion of Union and Confederate soldiers, survivors of the Philadelphia brigade and Pickett's division, is held at Gettysburg, Pa.......July 2-4, 1887 Jacob Sharp, found guilty of bribing New York aldermen, is sentenced to four years imprisonment and a fine of $5,000......July 14, 1887 Miss Dorothea L. Dix, philanthropist, born 1805, dies at Trenton, N. J.......July 19, 1887 Failure of H. S. Ives & Co., of New York, stock-brokers; liabilities, $20,000,000......Aug. 11, 1887 Spencer F. Baird, naturalist, born 1823, dies at Wood's Holl, Mass.......Aug. 19, 1887 Ninth international medical congress meets at Washington, D. C.......Sept. 5, 1887 Three days centennial celebration of the formation of the Constitution begins at Philadelphia......Sept. 15, 1887 American party orga