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Boardman, Mabel Thorp

Born: 1860 AD
Died: 1946 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Social Reformer

1860 – Born on October 12th in Cleveland, Ohio. American Red Cross leader who re-established the organization’s funding base and greatly extended its other resources and services.

1898 –  She devoted time to various social philanthropies, and during the Spanish-American War, she was active in recruiting nurses.

1900 – Her name appeared, apparently without her knowledge, as one of the incorporators on the application of the American Red Cross for a congressional charter.

1903 – Boardman used her political influence to cause the withdrawal of government support.

1915 – Boardman published Under the Red Cross Flag at Home and Abroad.

1920 – Boardman became, on appointment by President Woodrow Wilson, the first woman member of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia.

1921 – She returned to the Red Cross as a central committee member and national secretary.

1922 – She devoted herself mainly to continuing the tradition of volunteer service.

1923 – She organized the Volunteer Service (later Volunteer Special Services), including nurse’s aides, a motor corps, a canteen corps, a home service corps, and the “Gray Ladies,” and was director.

1940 – She resigned as director of the Volunteer Special Services, when the ranks numbered more than 2.7 million volunteers

1944 – She resigned from the central committee of the Red Cross.

1946 – Died on March 17th in Washington, D.C.