Julia Clifford Lathrop


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(1858–1932) Julia Clifford Lathrop was a well-known advocate of the welfare of children and mentally ill people. The daughter of abolitionists, she was born in Rockford, Illinois. Her social work career began at Hull-House after she graduated from Vassar College in 1880. As a resident of Hull-House, Lathrop was involved in the establishment of the Chicago United Charities and other activities to help poor people. In 1899 the establishment of the first juvenile court in the United States resulted from her work with Illinois law. After a European study tour of methods of caring for mentally ill people, Lathrop became involved in the founding efforts of the national mental hygiene movement. In addition, she helped found the country's first mental hygiene clinic for children, the Juvenile Psychopathic Institute, in 1909.


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