Clara Barton was widely recognized for her remarkable leadership and humanitarian accomplishments. Presidents, generals, soldiers, and royalty recognized her great contributions to society. Children, schools, streets, and several retail items were named in her honor. Authors dedicated books in her honor and many sent her inscribed copies of their work.
Dedications and Endorsements
Barton was awarded national and international honors and accolades. International Red Cross members gave her standing ovations at conferences. Her words of compassion, spoken at Grand Army of the Republic encampments, brought tears to the most hardened of Civil War veterans. An observer at a reunion of Spanish-American War veterans attended by President Theodore Roosevelt and Barton noted, “...Everywhere she was recognized and the ovation to this little woman was greater than that given to the Chief executive.”
Gifts and Honors
During her lifetime of service, Barton received many gifts, honors, and accolades from royalty, world leaders,presidents, generals, soldiers, and ordinary people for her humanitarian work.
Clara Barton’s vision, drive, dedication, and compassion created the American Red Cross. She was a role model and inspiration in her own lifetime and beyond. Because of her enduring contributions to America and the world, her Glen Echo home was designated a National Historic Site in 1974 and transferred to the National Park Service in 1975.