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Dorothea DIX

American Dorothea DIX

born Dorothea Lynde DIX

American activist on behalf of the indigent insane

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on April 04, 1802 in Hampden, Maine, USA
Died: on July 17, 1887 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA


She was born in the town of Hampden, Maine, and grew up first in Worcester, Massachusetts, and then in her wealthy grandmother's home in Boston. She fled there at the age of twelve, to get away from her alcoholic family and abusive father. She was the first child of three born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow, and had deep ancestral roots in Massachusetts Bay Colony. Her father was an itinerant worker.[a] About 1821 she opened a school in Boston, which was patronized by the well-to-do families. Soon afterwards she also began teaching poor and neglected children at home. But her health broke down, and from 1824 to 1830 she was chiefly occupied with the writing of books of devotion and stories for children.

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