Clarke, Mary Francis

Clarke, Mary Francis

(1803–87) religious foundress; born in Dublin, Ireland. Emigrating to the U.S.A. in 1833, she overcame financial woes to found a school in Philadelphia. She also formed a teaching community, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which she relocated to a frontier region in Iowa (1843).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.