Mary Edwards Walker

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Birthday
26, 1832
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 21, 1919 (86)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
26, 1832
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Feb 21, 1919 (86)

About

Iconic feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, and surgeon who, after the Civil War, became the first woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor.

Before Fame

She was the only woman in her class at Geneva Medical College, where she graduated in 1855.

Trivia

While working for the Union Army as a surgeon during the Civil War she was captured by the Confederate Army and was held as a prisoner of war in Richmond, Virginia.

Family Life

She had four older sisters and one younger brother.

Associated With

She was recommended for the Medal of Honor by General William Tecumseh Sherman.