Mary Ellen Richmond


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(1861–1928) Mary Richmond was an outstanding practitioner, teacher, and theoretician who formulated the first comprehensive statement of principles of direct social work practice. Born in Belleville, Illinois, she joined the Baltimore Charity Organization as an assistant treasurer at the age of 28. In 1891 her administrative abilities led to her appointment as general secretary. In addition to her assigned duties, she volunteered as a friendly visitor.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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