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Thompson, Clara Mildred (1881–1975) - Franklin Delano Roosevelt/Reconstruction History

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Clara Mildred Thompson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1881. She did her undergraduate work at Vassar College and graduated in 1903. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Thompson became dean of Vassar College in 1923 and remained there until 1948. She was also dean of the history department. In 1942 Thompson was the only woman appointed to the United States delegation to the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education. In 1945 she, Senator William J. Fulbright, and retired United States Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter were appointed to the United Nations Education Conference that drafted the charter for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to which she was twice the U.S. delegate.

After she retired from Vassar College, Clara Thompson taught history at the University of Georgia from 1948 to 1952. While there, she conducted a study on the education of women at the university. She then was appointed dean of women at the College of Free Europe in Strasbourg, France. Known as an authority on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Thompson served as a member of the planning committee for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and served on the board of advisors of the Roosevelt Library. She wrote Reconstruction in Georgia and Carpetbaggers in the U.S. Senate . Clara Thompson died on February 16, 1975, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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