Lucy Seaman Bainbridge

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Lucy Seaman Bainbridge



Born: Lucy Elizabeth Seaman in Cleveland Ohio on January 18, 1842

Lucy was educated at the seminary at Ipswich, Mass., and was one of the first women to go into the field with the Union Army as nurse, Her work brought her in touch with Clara Barton, with whom she occupied a tent for a time. As a girl she had been presented to President Lincoln, who clasped her hand saying, "Daughter, I am right glad to see you." Later, on the battlefield, she saw the wartime President again, talking to General Grant.

While serving as a nurse Mrs. Bainbridge was known as Sister Ohio, a name which came to her because she wore the succoring badge of the Ohio Relief, and given to her by a Union trooper with both arms wounded to whom she brought water and food. These experiences on the battlefield and also her meeting with Lincoln were described by her in her autobiography "Yesterdays."

Mrs. Bainbridge was active in the development of foreign missions and she also organized the women's department of the Brooklyn City Mission Society. For a quarter of a century she was superintendent of the woman's branch, New York City Mission Society, of which, she was honorary president at the time of her death.

Out of her mission work here and abroad Mrs. Bainbridge wrote three books, "Jewels From the Orient," "Round the World Letters" and "Helping the Helpless in New York," which deals with her efforts toward improving tenement conditions here. (Taken from Funeral Notice from the New York Herald Tribune, November 21, 1928)

Died in New York City on November 19, 1928.

  • Lucy Seaman Bainbridge - A Brief Biography of Lucy Seaman Bainbridge adapted from: Ancestry of William Seaman Bainbridge by Louis Effingham De Forest; Scrivener Press, Oxford, 1950.

  • Sister Ohio - Lucy Seaman Bainbridge. This story is available in Adobe PDF format.

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