"Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton" was a pioneer nurse who founded the American Red Cross. In addition to being a hospital nurse, she worked as a teacher, patent clerk, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. She was never married, as she knew the restrictions of a married woman at the time, but had a relationship with John J. Elwell. She was prominent as a nurse in the American Civil War.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous public servants! More Clara Barton on Wikipedia.