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Dr Ida Josephine Brooks
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Birth: Apr. 28, 1853
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 13, 1939
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA


Ida Josephine Brooks was a
Little Rock, Arkansas
teacher and
school administrator

* She was one of the state's
first female physicians

* Brook's was the first
woman faculty member at the
University of Arkansas
Medical School
(now the University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences)

* She was a powerful advocate for
women's rights.


Ida Jo Brooks was the DAUGHTER of
FATHER - Joseph Brooks
(Methodist minister)
MOTHER - Elizabeth (Goodenough) Brooks

She had 5 siblings


Brooks's father was an 1872
candidate for Arkansas governor
against Elisha Baxter.
Both candidates claimed victory,
which developed into the
'Brooks-Baxter War',
(Brooks was the loser).


After teaching for several years
in the Little Rock public schools,
she continued her studies at
Drury College in Springfield, Mo,
where she received her
master's degree.

Brooks began her Arkansas career
in education in 1873 as a teacher
at the Primary Department of the
First Ward School. She later
became principal of the
Intermediate Department at the
same school. Brooks served UofA
as a faculty member, where she
taught mathematics from 1882-88
at the Little Rock campus.

As an Arkansas educator for 15 years,
Brooks began the study of medicine
at the Boston University School of
Medicine. She achieved many goals
and continued her advanced education,
eventually returning to Arkansas.

Brooks spent many years advocating
womens rights. She pushed for Arkansas
to allow women to become physicians.

Brooks tried to enlist in the military
but was rejected being a female. She
did however, serve at Camp Pike as
a psychiatry consultant.

The Little Rock School Board of Directors
(1913-17)established a school for
'mentally deficient' children in the
basement of Kramer School at her urging.

The Republican Convention of Arkansas
nominated (1920) Brooks for:
Superintendent of Public Instruction
It was ruled a woman could not hold
public office in Arkansas. Her name
therefore, was removed from the ballot.

Brooks was a leader in the community:
* Homeopathic Medical Examining Board
President (1877)
* Arkansas State Teachers Association
President - (1877)
* Altrusa Club
* Woman's City Club


Brooks died from the shock and
strain of a fractured hip,
complicated by a weakened heart.


This biography is
humbly presented by
Audrey Burtrum-Stanley / Arkansas

Family links: 
  Joseph Brooks (1821 - 1877)
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Dec 10, 2009
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Dr Ida Josephine Brooks
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Dr Ida Josephine Brooks
Added by: Connie Nisinger
Dr Ida Josephine Brooks
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