Congressman Kim Passes Bill to Rename Bordentown Post Office After Clara Barton
Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced that the U.S. Senate passed legislation that will rename the Bordentown Post Office after Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. The bill, H.R. 4988, was introduced by Congressman Kim last November and was co-sponsored by every member of New Jersey's bipartisan delegation.
"Clara Barton's leadership has left a lasting legacy in Bordentown, New Jersey, and throughout our country," said Congressman Kim. "I'm proud that the Bordentown Post Office will be a small piece of that great legacy and a reminder of the impact on the lives of millions thanks to her work."
"Renaming the Bordentown Post Office is a fitting way to honor Clara Barton and all of her accomplishments in our state and across the country," said Senator Menendez. "She was a transformative figure in our nation's history and her legacy is still alive in the American Red Cross today. I'm proud to have worked with Congressman Kim in passing this bill through the Senate and look forward to it becoming law."
In addition to her leadership role in founding the American Red Cross, Barton also helped found the first free school in New Jersey, located in Bordentown. Barton's efforts helped increase the number of children in school from six when the school was first established, to over 600 by the next year.
"On behalf of the residents of Bordentown I would like to personally thank Rep. Kim for his efforts in naming our local Post Office after a Bordentown folk hero Clara Barton who was instrumental in beginning the first Public School in the United States right here in Bordentown," said Jim Lynch, Mayor of Bordentown City. "Her School House located here is currently undergoing renovations. This was no easy feat and I know the Congressman has been working on this for some time now. We salute and thank him."
A full history of Barton, including her service in the Civil War, can be found by clicking here.