Famous 19th Century Nurses

Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Nurses, including Florence Nightingale, Margaret Sanger, Vera Brittain, Clara Barton and Edith Cavell.

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 1 Florence Nightingale

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Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthdate: May 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence
Died: August 13, 1910
The Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale is remembered for her relentless efforts in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. She founded London’s St Thomas' Hospital to train nurses. She also pioneered the use of the polar area diagram and was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.

 2 Marie Laveau

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Famous As: American Vodoo queen
Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: June 16, 1881

Occultist and herbalist Marie Laveau was known as the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans. Though a hairdresser, she was chiefly known for her spiritual practices which she used to heal the sick and the poor. She has inspired several books, such as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen.

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 3 Clara Barton

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 25, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Oxford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: April 12, 1912

 4 Mary Seacole

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Famous As: Heroine of the Crimean War
Birthdate: November 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: May 14, 1881

Mary Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse, businesswoman, and healer. She played a major role during the Crimean War, providing aid for wounded servicemen and nursing them back to health. In 1991, Seacole was posthumously honored with the Jamaican Order of Merit. In 2004, she was named the greatest black Briton for her contribution during the war.

 5 Lillian Gordy Carter

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Famous As: Nurse, Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richland
Died: October 30, 1983

 6 Elizabeth Kenny

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Famous As: Nurse & Health Administrator
Birthdate: September 20, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warialda, New South Wales
Died: November 30, 1952

Elizabeth Kenny was an Australian bush nurse. A self-trained nurse, Kenny pioneered a new and then-controversial method to treat the victims of poliomyelitis. Her method, which she advocated enthusiastically, became the foundation of physiotherapy. Her life and career inspired the 1946 American biographical film Sister Kenny, in which she was played by Rosalind Russell.

 7 Ethel Roosevelt Derby

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: August 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oyster Bay (hamlet), New York
Died: December 10, 1977
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 8 Constance Kent

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Famous As: nurse
Birthdate: February 6, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: April 10, 1944

 9 Agnes von Kurowsky

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: January 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germantown
Died: September 25, 1984

 10 Lillian Wald

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Famous As: Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist
Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: September 1, 1940

 11 Mary Eliza Mahoney

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: April 16, 1845
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 4, 1926

 12 Aurora Quezon

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: February 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baler
Died: April 28, 1949

 13 Sarah Emma Edmonds

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: November 30, 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magaguadavic, Canada
Died: September 5, 1898

 14 Mary Ann Bickerdyke

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Famous As: Medical worker
Birthdate: July 19, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knox County, Ohio, United States
Died: November 8, 1901

 15 Manuela de la Santa Cruz y Espejo

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 20, 1753
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quito, Viceroyalty of New Granada
Died: 1829 AD

 16 Mary J. Safford

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 31, 1834
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hyde Park, Vermont, United States
Died: December 8, 1891

 17 Mărgărita Miller-Verghy

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Famous As: Nurse, Linguist, Writer, Literary historian, Literary critic, Essayist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 1, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iași
Died: December 31, 1953

 18 Jane Currie Blaikie Hoge

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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: July 31, 1811
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 26, 1890