Bryce Charles Loring
(19.06.1826 - 11.08.1890)
American philanthropist and writer.
Born in Lichtfield, Connecticut. His mother died when he was 14 years old, and he was raised by his father, a history teacher.
In 1846, Bryce graduated from Yale University, continued the study of theology and theology there, but went to study at the Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1849. Bryce did not want to be a pastor, he was drawn to New York, which he regarded as the center of American Protestantism and social activity. In 1850 and 1851, Bryce took a trip to Europe, visiting Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary.
Upon his return, Bryce served in an orphanage at a church on Blackvale Island, but soon decided that he wanted to carry out his humanitarian activities on the streets, and not in the church. In 1853, he founded the Childrens Aid Society (“Childrens Aid Society”), which became one of the most useful charitable institutions in New York and the USA. Having started its activities very modestly, the society quickly developed to a very significant size. By November 1, 1880, the company's expenses amounted to almost $ 3 million; this amount allowed more than 50,000 children to be placed in apartments with very respectable people. They attended 11 community schools in New York and received food in his canteens. Among these children were orphans of German, English, Irish, Spanish, Russian and even Chinese nationality. Above this, the society maintained a home for placing young people engaged in scattering newspapers: for a small amount they were provided with baths, beds, gymnastics exercises rooms, laundry facilities and canteens. In addition, they could use the savings bank, arranged for them and paying premiums for thrift on purpose. Bryce fought for changes in the field of prison reform, believing that the best way to fight crime and poverty is to prevent them. He organized workplaces and educated poor and disadvantaged children so that they could help themselves. His efforts were aimed at organizing free kindergartens, free dental clinics, reading rooms and lodging houses, developing children's education programs. Bryce introduced the Orphan Trains, which transported orphans, neglected or abandoned children in New York to other regions of the United States to accommodate them in good homes with foster parents.
Bryce worked as executive secretary of the company for 37 years.
He died in Switzerland from kidney disease (Bright disease). Place of burial unknown.
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