(1891–1982) Associated with the U.S. Children's Bureau for 37 years, Katharine Fredrica Lenroot became its chief in 1934. Lenroot was born and raised in Superior, Wisconsin, the daughter of Swedish immigrants. Influenced by her father, who was a congressional representative, senator, and a judge of the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, Lenroot's interest in public affairs began early. In 1911, just two years out of high school, she spoke before a committee of the state legislature for a minimum wage law. Lenroot graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1912 and in 1913 became a deputy of the Wisconsin Industrial Commission.
From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.
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