Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix

Born: April 4, 1802

Died: July 17, 1887



Biography: Dorothea Lynde Dix was an American activist on behalf of the indigent insane who, through a vigorous program of lobbying state legislatures and the United States Congress, created the first generation of American mental asylums. During the Civil War, she served as Superintendent of Army Nurses.