Mahoney inspired both nurses and patients with her calm, quiet efficiency and untiring compassion.
Her father was Captain Stephen Barton, a member of the local militia and a selectman who inspired his daughter with patriotism and a broad humanitarian interest.
He was also the leader of progressive thought in the Oxford village area. When she was three years old, Barton was sent to school with her brother Stephen, where she excelled in reading and spelling. At school, she became close friends with Nancy Fitts; she is the only known friend Barton had as a child due to her extreme timidity.
She continued to care for David long after doctors had given up. He made a full recovery. She was brought back home to regain her health. Upon her return, her family relocated to help a family member: The house that the Barton family was to live in needed to be painted and repaired.
After the work was done, Barton was at a loss because she had nothing else to help with, to not feel like a burden to her family. It was not until after she had injured herself that Barton's mother began to question her playing with the boys.
Barton's mother decided she should focus on more feminine skills. She invited one of Clara's female cousins over to help develop her femininity.
From her cousin, she gained proper social skills as well. This profession interested Barton greatly and helped motivate her; she ended up conducting an effective redistricting campaign that allowed the children of workers to receive an education.
Successful projects such as this gave Barton the confidence needed when she demanded equal pay for teaching. Early professional life[ edit ] Barton became an educator in for 12 years in schools in Canada and West Georgia.
Barton fared well as a teacher and knew how to handle rowdy children, particularly the boys, since as a child she enjoyed her male cousins' and brothers' company. She learned how to act like them, making it easier for her to relate to and control the boys in her classroom since they respected her.
Barton decided to further her education by pursuing writing and languages at the Clinton Liberal Institute in New York.
In this college town, she developed many friendships that broadened her point of view on many issues concurring at the time. The principal of the institute recognized her tremendous abilities and admired her work. This friendship lasted for many years, eventually turning into a romance.Mary Eliza Mahoney () paved their way.
She was the first black professional nurse in America as well as an active organizer among African-American nurses. Throughout her impressive career, Mahoney helped to distinguish the nursing profession for women of all races.
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Mary Eliza Mahoney, R.N. changed the course of American nursing forever when she became the first professionally trained African-American nurse in She was born in the free state of Massachusetts in after her parents moved from the slave state of .