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Florence Nightingale Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: May 12, 1820 in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany
Died: August 13, 1910 in London, England, United Kingdom
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (1820-1910), who had moved into her home at 10 South Street in London's West End in 1865, lived there until her death. After becoming a nurse in 1837, Nightingale served in Army hospitals during the Crimean War. While making her late night rounds, she earned her nickname "Lady of the Lamp". After the war, Nightingale returned to England, where she established the first nondenominational school specifically for the training of nurses (1860). In her later years, she was largely bedridden due to an illness she had contracted in the Crimea. Nevertheless, Nightingale campaigned tirelessly for higher public health standards, writing some 200 books, reports and pamphlets as well as personal appeals to leading figures of her day. In 1907, she became the first woman to receive the Order of Merit, presented by King Edward VII. LADY VERNEY was her sister, Parthenope, who had married Sir Harry Verney in 1858.
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