Famous American Nurses

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Margaret Sanger
(Birth Control Activist Who Opened the First Birth Control Clinic in the United States)
Margaret Sanger
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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.

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Clara Barton
(Nurse, Founded of the American Red Cross)
Clara Barton
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Birthdate: December 25, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 12, 1912
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Claudette Colvin
(Civil Rights Activist)
Claudette Colvin
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Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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Naomi Judd
(Nurse, Motivational speaker, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Naomi Judd
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Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ashland
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Rachel Robinson
(Nurse, Baseball player)
Rachel Robinson
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Birthdate: July 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Yetunde Price
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Birthdate: August 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: September 14, 2003
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Charles Cullen
(Serial Killer)
Charles Cullen
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Birthdate: February 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States
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Kristen Gilbert
(Serial killer and former nurse who was convicted of four murders)
Kristen Gilbert
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Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
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Bessie Lillian Carter
(Mother of the 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter)
Bessie Lillian Carter
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Birthdate: August 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richland, Georgia, United States
Died: October 30, 1983
Ethel Roosevelt Derby
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Birthdate: August 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oyster Bay (hamlet), New York
Died: December 10, 1977
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Elizabeth Freeman
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Birthdate: 1742 AD
Birthplace: Claverack
Died: December 28, 1829
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Agnes von Kurowsky
(Former nurse who inspired the character "Catherine Barkley" in Ernest Hemingway's 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms.)
Agnes von Kurowsky
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Birthdate: January 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 25, 1984
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Bonnie Nettles
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Birthdate: August 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: June 19, 1985
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Nella Larsen
(Author)
Nella Larsen
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Birthdate: April 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: March 30, 1964
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Mary Eliza Mahoney
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Birthdate: April 16, 1845
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 4, 1926
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Anne Hutchinson
(Puritan spiritual adviser, Preacher)
Anne Hutchinson
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Birthdate: 1591
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Died: August 20, 1643
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Lillian Wald
(Nurse, Humanitarian)
Lillian Wald
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Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: September 1, 1940
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Sahra Noor
(Business executive)
Sahra Noor
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Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia
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Hildegard Peplau
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Birthdate: September 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading
Died: March 17, 1999
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Sarah Emma Edmonds
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Birthdate: 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magaguadavic, Canada
Died: September 5, 1898
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Dorothea Orem
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Birthdate: July 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: June 22, 2007
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Madeleine Leininger
(Former CEO of the American Nurses Association)
Madeleine Leininger
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Birthdate: July 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sutton, Nebraska, United States
Died: August 10, 2012
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Mamie Johnson
(Baseball player, Nurse)
Mamie Johnson
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Birthdate: September 27, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ridgeway, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 18, 2017
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Mary Breckinridge
(American nurse)
Mary Breckinridge
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Birthdate: February 17, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 16, 1965
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Mary Ann Bickerdyke
(Medical worker)
Mary Ann Bickerdyke
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Birthdate: July 19, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knox County, Ohio, United States
Died: November 8, 1901
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Ruby Bradley
(Nurse, Military personnel)
Ruby Bradley
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Birthdate: December 19, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Spencer, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 28, 2002
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Ellen Church
(Flight attendant, Nurse)
Ellen Church
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Birthdate: September 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cresco, Iowa, United States
Died: August 22, 1965
Maura Clarke
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Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: December 2, 1980
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Clara Maass
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Birthdate: June 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Died: August 24, 1901
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Florence Wald
(Nurse and educator)
Florence Wald
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Birthdate: April 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 8, 2008
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Aleda E. Lutz
(Nurse, Military personnel)
Aleda E. Lutz
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Birthdate: November 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Freeland, Michigan, United States
Died: November 1, 1944
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Annie Fox
(Military officer, Nurse)
Annie Fox
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Birthdate: August 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scotia, Canada
Died: January 20, 1987
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Reba Z. Whittle
(Nurse, Military personnel)
Reba Z. Whittle
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Birthdate: August 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rocksprings, Texas, United States
Died: January 26, 1981
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Bertha Holt
(Activist)
Bertha Holt
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Birthdate: February 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: 2000 AD
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Margaret Murdock
(Nurse, Sport shooter)
Margaret Murdock
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Birthdate: August 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States
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Mary Adelaide Nutting
(Nurse educator)
Mary Adelaide Nutting
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Birthdate: November 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada
Died: October 3, 1948
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Harriet Boyd Hawes
(Archaeologist)
Harriet Boyd Hawes
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Birthdate: October 11, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 31, 1945
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Jane Delano
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Birthdate: March 12, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montour Falls, New York, United States
Died: April 15, 1919
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Louise McManus
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Birthdate: 1896 AD
Birthplace: North Smithfield, Rhode Island, United States
Died: May 29, 1993
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Elsie Ott
(Military personnel, Nurse)
Elsie Ott
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Birthdate: 1913 AD
Birthplace: Smithtown, New York, United States
Died: 2006 AD
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Josephine Heffernan
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Birthdate: March 11, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1962 AD
Mabel Keaton Staupers
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Birthdate: February 27, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barbados Island, Barbados
Died: November 29, 1989
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Sherri Rasmussen
(Was found in the apartment she shared with her husband)
Sherri Rasmussen
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Birthdate: February 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States
Died: February 24, 1986
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Julia Dempsey
(Religious Sister)
Julia Dempsey
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Birthdate: May 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salamanca, New York, United States
Died: March 29, 1939
Florence A. Blanchfield
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Birthdate: April 1, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 12, 1971
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Cordelia E. Cook
(Military personnel, Nurse)
Cordelia E. Cook
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Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Thomas, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 19, 1996
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Mary J. Safford
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Birthdate: December 31, 1834
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hyde Park, Vermont, United States
Died: December 8, 1891
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Sue S. Dauser
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Birthdate: September 20, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: March 11, 1972
Jane Currie Blaikie Hoge
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Birthdate: July 31, 1811
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 26, 1890
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Lucy Minnigerode
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Birthdate: February 8, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: near Leesburg, Virginia, United States
Died: March 24, 1935
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