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Davis, Katharine Bement (15 January 1860–10 December 1935), social worker, prison reformer, and sex researcher, was born in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Frances Bement and Oscar Bill Davis, a manager for the Bradstreet Company, precursor of Dun and Bradstreet, the credit rating firm. When her father suffered business reversals following the panic of 1873, Davis had to postpone plans for college and work as a public school teacher for ten years. She continued her studies independently and in 1890 entered Vassar College at the age of thirty, graduating two years later with honors....

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West, James Edward (16 May 1876–15 May 1948), social worker and lawyer, was born in Washington, D.C., the son of James Robert West, a merchant who died around the time of the child’s birth, and Mary Tyree, a seamstress. When West was six, his mother died, and he was sent to a local orphanage. The boy was frequently punished for laziness until it was recognized that he suffered from tuberculosis of the hip and knee. He spent two years in a hospital undergoing painful treatment and was then returned to the orphanage, still with a pronounced limp. His difficult early years helped shape his lifelong commitment to child welfare as well as his conviction that even the bleakest environment could be surmounted by strong character....

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Wittpenn, Caroline Bayard Stevens (21 November 1859–04 December 1932), penal reformer, social worker, and philanthropist, was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, the daughter of Edwin Augustus Stevens, inventor, railroad manager, shipbuilder, and founder of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, and Martha Bayard Dod, social worker and founder of Holy Innocents Church, now All Saints Parish, Hoboken. Members of the Stevens family, established in Hoboken since the 1780s, were instrumental in developing the steamship lines and railroads of nineteenth-century America. The family tradition of philanthropy and personal involvement in helping others and her parents’ example, especially that of her mother, was a major influence on the socially conscious activities and interests Wittpenn tirelessly exhibited during her adult life....