Famous American Nurses

Find out more about the greatest American Nurses, including Margaret Sanger, Clara Barton, Debbie Rowe, Kate Gosselin and Yetunde Price.

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 1 Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: September 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Corning, New York, United States
Died: September 6, 1966

Margaret Sanger was an American writer and sex educator. She is credited with popularizing the term birth control. A birth control activist, Sanger established the first birth control clinic in America. She also set up organizations that later became the well-known non-profit organization Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She also played a key role in legalizing contraception in the US.

 2 Betty Shabazz

Betty Shabazz
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23, 1997

Civil rights activist and educator Betty Shabazz, or Betty X, was the wife of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Raised by her adoptive parents in Detroit, she met Malcolm X at a Nation of Islam event in Harlem. She died when her apartment was set on fire set by her grandson.

 3 Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd
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Famous As: Nurse, Motivational speaker, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ashland
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 4 Clara Barton

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

 5 Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson
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Famous As: Nurse, Baseball player
Birthdate: July 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 6 Yetunde Price

Yetunde Price
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Birthdate: August 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: September 14, 2003

 7 Kristen Gilbert

Kristen Gilbert
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Famous As: nurse, serial killer
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Massachusetts
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 8 Lillian Gordy Carter

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

 9 Bonnie Nettles

Bonnie Nettles
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: August 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: June 19, 1985

 10 Ethel Roosevelt Derby

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

 11 Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman
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Famous As: midwife
Birthdate: 1742 AD
Birthplace: Claverack
Died: December 28, 1829

 12 Agnes von Kurowsky

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

 13 Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: March 30, 1964

 14 Lillian Wald

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

 15 Mary Eliza Mahoney

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

 16 Hildegard Peplau

Hildegard Peplau
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading
Died: March 17, 1999

 17 Dorothea Orem

Dorothea Orem
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: July 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: June 22, 2007

 18 Madeleine Leininger

Madeleine Leininger
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: July 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sutton
Died: August 10, 2012

 19 Mamie Johnson

Mamie Johnson
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Famous As: Baseball player, Nurse
Birthdate: September 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ridgeway, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 18, 2017

 20 Mary Breckinridge

Mary Breckinridge
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Famous As: American nurse
Birthdate: February 17, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 16, 1965

 21 Mary Ann Bickerdyke

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

 22 Maura Clarke

Maura Clarke
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Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens
Died: December 2, 1980

 23 Ellen Church

Ellen Church
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Famous As: Flight attendant, Nurse
Birthdate: September 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cresco, Iowa, United States
Died: August 22, 1965

 24 Ruby Bradley

Ruby Bradley
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Famous As: Nurse, Military personnel
Birthdate: December 19, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Spencer, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 28, 2002

 25 Clara Maass

Clara Maass
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: June 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Died: August 24, 1901

 26 Florence Wald

Florence Wald
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Famous As: Nurse and educator
Birthdate: April 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 8, 2008

 27 Annie Fox

Annie Fox
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Famous As: Military officer, Nurse
Birthdate: August 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scotia, Canada
Died: January 20, 1987

 28 Aleda E. Lutz

Aleda E. Lutz
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Famous As: Nurse, Military personnel
Birthdate: November 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Freeland, Michigan, United States
Died: November 1, 1944

 29 Reba Z. Whittle

Reba Z. Whittle
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Famous As: Nurse, Military personnel
Birthdate: August 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rocksprings, Texas, United States
Died: January 26, 1981

 30 Bertha Holt

Bertha Holt
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: 2000 AD

 31 Margaret Murdock

Margaret Murdock
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Famous As: Nurse, Sport shooter
Birthdate: August 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States

 32 Mary Adelaide Nutting

Mary Adelaide Nutting
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Famous As: Nurse educator
Birthdate: November 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada
Died: October 3, 1948

 33 Harriet Boyd Hawes

Harriet Boyd Hawes
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: October 11, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 31, 1945

 34 Louise McManus

Louise McManus
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: 1896 AD
Birthplace: North Smithfield, Rhode Island, United States
Died: May 29, 1993

 35 Jane Delano

Jane Delano
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: March 12, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montour Falls, New York, United States
Died: April 15, 1919

 36 Elsie Ott

Elsie Ott
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Famous As: Military personnel, Nurse
Birthdate: 1913 AD
Birthplace: Smithtown, New York, United States
Died: 2006 AD

 37 Julia Dempsey

Julia Dempsey
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Famous As: Religious Sister
Birthdate: May 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salamanca, New York, United States
Died: March 29, 1939

 38 Sherri Rasmussen

Sherri Rasmussen
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Famous As: Was found in the apartment she shared with her husband
Birthdate: February 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States
Died: February 24, 1986

 39 Cordelia E. Cook

Cordelia E. Cook
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Famous As: Military personnel, Nurse
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Thomas, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 19, 1996

 40 Mary J. Safford

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

 41 Florence A. Blanchfield

Florence A. Blanchfield
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: April 1, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 12, 1971

 42 Sue S. Dauser

Sue S. Dauser
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: September 20, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: March 11, 1972

 43 Jane Currie Blaikie Hoge

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

 44 Lucy Minnigerode

Lucy Minnigerode
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: February 8, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: near Leesburg, Virginia, United States
Died: March 24, 1935