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date: 01 March 2021

Robb, Isabel Hamptonlocked

(26 August 1860–15 April 1910)
  • Nancy L. Noel


Robb, Isabel Hampton (26 August 1860–15 April 1910), nursing educator and leader, was born Isabel Adams Hampton in Welland Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Samuel Hampton, the owner of a tailoring business, and Sarah Mary Lay. Young Isabel (nicknamed “Addie”) preferred reading to almost anything and was a good student in the local public school. After graduation she taught in a rural public school, where she was very successful at controlling unruly students and getting them to work together. While teaching, she also studied with a Mr. Henderson, the headmaster of the Collegiate Institute at St. Catherines, Ontario. He tutored her in the liberal arts or perhaps mathematics. Isabel was ambitious; she felt “wound up” much of the time and confided to a sister, “If I were a man I would stop at nothing; I would be prime minister of Canada.”...

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