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Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
Birth: Apr. 1, 1866
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 30, 1948
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Social Reformer. Graduated from Wellesley College in 1888 and taught math in a Washington, D.C. high school. She then began a study of Law at the University of Kentucky and in 1894 became the first woman admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association. Not finding the success in her law practice she wanted, she moved to Chicago, Illinois and, in 1901, became the first woman awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Chicago and went on to become Dean of the School of Social Administration. In 1907 she moved into the famed Hull House and became associated with the Woman's Trade Union League, organizing garment worker's strikes in 1911 and 1915. She was elected president of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association in 1911, and founded the Immigrant's Protective League in 1920. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt named her the first woman delegate to the Pan-American Conferance in Montevideo, and in 1934, she was elected president of the American Association of Schools of Social Work. Her publications include: “The Delinquent Child and the Home” (1912), “Truancy and Non-Attendance in the Chicago Schools” (1917), “New Homes for Old” (1921), “Family Welfare Work in a Metropolitan Community” (1924), “Public Welfare Administration” (1927), “Women in the Twentieth Century” (1933), and “The Family and the State” (1934). (bio by: Anonymous) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Campbell Preston Breckinridge (1837 - 1904)
  Issa Desha Breckinridge (1843 - 1892)
 
 Siblings:
  Lee Clay Breckinridge (1860 - 1860)**
  Eleanor Desha Breckinridge Chalkley (1862 - 1943)**
  Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866 - 1948)
  Desha Breckinridge (1867 - 1935)*
  Campbell Preston Breckinridge (1869 - 1870)*
  Issa Desha Breckinridge (1871 - 1872)*
  Mary Curry Breckinridge Desha (1875 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Daughter of William Campbell Preston and Issa Desha Breckinridge.
 
Burial:
Lexington Cemetery
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section O, Lot 126.
 
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Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Jun 07, 2004
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