Cornelia Foster Bradford

Image courtesy of the New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ

Image courtesy of the New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ

Cornelia Foster Bradford (1847-1935) established Whittier House, a Jersey City social establishment in 1894.
Whittier House provided a variety of services to improve the lives of immigrants and the poor; including the city’s first free Kindergarten program and the development of playgrounds for local residents. The idea was so popular that the city took over the program.
In 1900, Bradford aided Juliet Clannon Cushing in founding the Consumers’ League of New Jersey. This helped to achieve New Jersey’s child labor laws and the Child Protective League. Whittier House had almost twenty years of experience in social settlement work and urban reform when its 19th Annual Report was written in 1913. A wide variety of clubs, activities, and initiatives are noted in the report. Whittier House’s Headworker at the time was still Cornelia Bradford. She remained in this position until 1926.



Journal Articles: 

Burstyn, Joan N. 1990. “Cornelia Foster Bradford”. Past and Promise, Lives of New Jersey Women.

  • James, Edward T., Janet Wilson James, and Paul S. Boyer. 1971. Notable American women, 1607-1950: a biographical dictionary. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 


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