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The Kate Waller Barrett Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the
American Revolution (NSDAR) honors a remarkable American
patriot and early leader for social justice and women's rights,
Dr. Katherine Waller Barrett.
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The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was organized in 1890. It is the largest lineage-based organization for women in the world, and larger than any of the other hereditary patriotic organizations in America. For many years and in many ways the organization strives to preserve the furnishings and ideals of American heritage.
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During her husband's assignment in Atlanta, Kate attended The Woman's Medical College of Georgia, and in three years received her M.D. in 1892. Two years later, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. Her husband's last assignment was General Missioner of the Protestant Episcopal Church and brought them to Washington, D.C. She was widowed in 1896. She accepted the position of General Superintendent of the recently founded National Florence Crittenton Mission.
Dr. Barrett's leadership abilities drew her into various National activities. She was involved with the rehabilitation of Arlington Mansion, improvement of Arlington Cemetery, and the establishment of the Shenandoah Valley National Park. She served as vice president of the Virginia Equal Suffrage (19091920), and was a charter member of the League of Women Voters and a member of the Board of Trustees, College of William and Mary. In 1923, she was the National President of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was appointed by President Wilson as one of ten women to attend the Versailles Conference. This was one of many U.S. diplomatic missions in which she participated.
Kate Waller Barrett was elected State Regent of the Virginia
Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 1919. Dr. Barrett
died February 23, 1925, at the age of 70, in her home on Duke
Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Upon her passing, the Flag over the
State Capitol in Richmond was flown at half-staff, the first time
this honor had been given to a
woman. She was buried in the Aquia Church cemetery.
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