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Laura Jane Addams was born in 1860 to affluent parents, John Huy Addams and Sarah Weber Addams in Cedarville, IL, Her mother died when she was only two years old, and her father remarried in 1868. Addams was a bright child who was tutored by her…
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Theodore Roosevelt, the scion of a wealthy New York family, attended Harvard University, and entered into Republican Party politics in New York City in 1881, when he was elected to the State Assembly at age 23. From 1895-97 he served as New York City…
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Born Millicent Garrett, to a wealthy merchant family, she married Henry Fawcett, a Liberal M.P., who also supported woman suffrage, in 1867. In 1890, she became head of the National Union of Woman Suffrage Societies, the largest suffrage movement in…
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Born Alice Kellor, Frances Kellor changed her name while attending Cornell Law School, from which she graduated in 1897. She became involved with women’s athletics, encouraging women to take on sports considered less feminine. Kellor went on to…
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Born Emmeline Goulden, she married Richard Pankhurst in 1878, a barrister who supported woman suffrage. They had five children, including suffragists Christabel, Sylvia, and Adela Pankhurst. Together, Richard and Emmeline Pankhurst founded the…
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Ida Harper Husted Harper (February 18, 1851 – March 14, 1931) was a prominent figure in the United States women’s suffrage movement. She was an American author and journalist who wrote primarily to document the movement and show support of its…

Caroline L. Dodge was born in Beverly, MA and married Louise Lee Dodge in 1891. She was the mother of three children, Mary, Louise, and William.
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James Henry Breasted was a professor of history at the University of Chicago, specializing in Ancient Egypt and archaeology. He directed the Haskell Oriental Museum at the University of Chicago and worked on an Egyptian dictionary and a transcribed…
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Richard T. Ely was an economist who studied at Heidelberg, Geneva, and Berlin. He worked at Johns Hopkins, in the Department of Political Economy from 1881 to 1892, and taught many influential men. In 1892 he moved to the University of Wisconsin…

Anna M. Anderson Ely was married to Richard T. Ely, and the mother of Richard S. Ely, Anna Ely Morehouse, and John T. S. Ely. Her parents were Joseph Anderson and Susan Morris and she was born in Virginia. She died in 1923.
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In 1886, Coit founded the Neighborhood Guild, a settlement house in New York City, now known as University Settlement House. He was, as was Addams, inspired by visiting Toynbee Hall for a 3 month period. Coit was also interested in the "Ethical…

John Clark was an investigator for the Cook County Probate Court.
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Anna Marcet Haldeman, niece of Jane Addams, was born in Girard, KS in 1887 to Jane's sister, Alice Haldeman, and her husband, Henry. Following in her aunt's footsteps, Marcet, as she was often called, attended Bryn Mawr. She did not finish, however,…
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Lillian D. Wald was a nurse who trained at New York Hospital and the Women's Medical College in New York. Wald was dedicated to helping immigrant working-class families in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Working with nurse Mary Schiff, Wald secured…

Milo Roy Maltbie was a professor of Economics and Mathematics at Mt. Morris College, from 1893-1895, and was later a fellow in administrative law at Columbia University. He served as the secretary for the Reform Club Commission on City Affairs from…

Richard T. Fox was a chemical engineer, trained at Transylvania College and Harvard University, who moved to Chicago to take up the presidency of the Chicago Citizen's Service Bureau, which investigated street cleaning and other sanitation issues. In…

Minnie L. Baldauf worked in the Neighborhood House settlement in Louisville, KY. She never married and had no children.

Mary Dorsey Anderson graduated from Vassar College in 1898 and worked as a teacher in Louisville from 1890-1896. She became the head resident at the Neighborhood Settlement House in Louisville, KY in 1896 until her marriage to Archibald Alexander…
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Meta Schlichting Berger was a socialist organizer and education reformer. She worked as a primary school teacher in Milwaukee, serving on the School Board there for thirty years. Berger advocated for the construction of playgrounds, the provision of…

Baker Brownell was a journalist and a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University. Brownell taught a course called "Contemporary Thought," to which he invited Addams to lecture each year.
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Sarah Alice Addams, known in the family as Alice, was one of Jane Addams's older sisters. She married her stepbrother, Harry Haldeman in 1875, who became a physican. Later the couple bought and operated a bank in Girard, Kansas. They had a daughter,…
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White became the editor of theEmporia Gazette in 1895 and used his place in the paper to further his political and reform messages. Most notibly, he wrote an article titled "What's the Matter with Kansas?", ridiculing Democrats and Populists.…
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John Addams Linn was Jane Addams' nephew, the son of Mary Catherine Addams and John Manning Linn.

Linn was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1897, working at Trinity Episcopal Church in Petersburg, IL.

At the age of 46, he enlisted with the…

Frederick F. Faville was a lawyer and judge in Iowa, who helped Jane Addams deal with properties in Storm Lake IA. Faville was trained in law at the University of Maryland who moved to Stork Lake to practiced law in 1892. Between 1907 and 1913…

Stella Rosenfield Sax lived in Ottumwa, Iowa. She was a wealthy socialite, married to Jacob B. Sax, who owned a clothing store. The couple had two children, Carol M. Sax, an art instructor, and Clara Sax Strassburger.

Sax was an active member of…
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Anita Eugenie McCormick was the daughter of Cyrus Hall and Nettie Fowler McCormick. Her father was the inventor or the reaper, and the family held considerable wealth and influence in Chicago. Anita McCormick took on many family responsibilities…
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Florence Kelley was a social and political reformer who worked against sweatshops, and promoted minimum wage, eight-hour workdays, and children's rights. She served as the first general secretary of the National Consumers League and helped create…