Woman of the Century/Abby Hopper Gibbons

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GIBBONS, Mrs. Abby Hopper, philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pa., 7th December, 1801. She is a daughter of Isaac T. Hopper, the Quaker philanthropist. She received a liberal education and taught in Philadelphia and New York City. In she became the wife of James Sloane Gibbons. In 1834 they settled in New York City. Mrs. Gibbons became at once prominent in charitable work. In 1845 she aided her father in organizing the Women's Prison Association, and the father and daughter cooperated in founding a home for discharged prisoners. Both were frequent visitors to the prisons in and around New York. The home was called the Isaac T. Hopper Home. For twelve years she was president of a German industrial school for street children. During the Civil War she worked in camp and hospital. In 1863, during the draft riots in New York, her house was one of the first to be sacked by the mob, as she had been conspicuous in anti-slavery agitation. After the war she founded a labor and aid association for soldiers' widows and orphans. In 1871 she aided in founding the New York Infant Asylum. In 1873 she founded the New York Diet Kitchen She has for years been active in the management of these and other institutions. Her life has been one of singular purity and exaltation With all her charity for the criminals, she believes in the prevention of crime by reasonable methods. All the prominent philanthropies of New York bear the impress of her spirit and hand.