Bradford, Cornelia Foster (1847–1935)

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Bradford, Cornelia Foster (1847–1935)

American social worker. Born Cornelia Foster Bradford, Dec 4, 1847, probably in Granby, NY; died Jan 15, 1935, in Montclair, New Jersey; dau. of Mary Amory (Howe) Bradford and Benjamin Franklin Bradford; sister of Amory Howe Bradford (Congregational minister).

Visited Toynbee Hall (England) and developed interest in settlement work; lived in Mansfield House (East London settlement house) and worked with Jane Addams' Hull House (Chicago); with help from brother, established Whittier House in Jersey City, the 1st social settlement in NJ (1894); served as 1st and only head of Whittier House (1894–1920s), which established many services for Jersey City, including city's 1st kindergarten (by 1900); became leader in battle for child-labor legislation; appointed to Jersey City Board of Education (1912).