Adah Belle Thoms Writer

Adah belle thoms

Adah Belle Samuels Thoms (January 12, 1870 – February 21, 1943) was an African American nurse who cofounded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, was acting director of the Lincoln School for Nurses (New York), and fought for African Americans to serve as army nurses during World War I. She was among the first nurses inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame when it was established in 1976. Thoms was born Adah Belle Samuels in Richmond, Virginia, to Harry and Melvina Samuels. As a young woman, she married briefly, and kept the surname Thoms. She taught in Virginia, and then in the 1890s, she went to New York, to study elocution and speech at Cooper Union. She then studied nursing at the Women's Infirmary and School of Therapeutic Massage, graduating in 1900 as the only black woman in a class of thirty. Thoms continued her education at the Lincoln Hospital and Home School of Nursing, a school for black women, graduating in 1905. Although she served as acting director between 1906 and 1923, racist policies prevented her receiving the official title of director.

Personal details

Date of birth
January 12th, 1870
Place of birth
Virginia, United States of America
Date of death
February 21st, 1943 at age of 73
African American


1. Cooper Union Colleges/University

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly referred to simply as Cooper Union, is a privately funded college in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, located at Cooper Square and Astor Place. Founded in 1859, the school established a radical new model of American higher education: its mission reflects founder Peter Cooper's fundamental belief that an education "equal to the best" should be accessible to those who qualify, independent of their race, religion, sex, wealth or social status. Since 1902, The Cooper Union has granted each admitted student a full-tuition scholarship, according to the belief of Abraham Hewitt, Peter Cooper's son-in-law and a major figure in the early organization of the curriculum, that education should be "free as air and water.

Type Private university
2013. 669 mil. $
2010. 579 mil. $
Institution colors
30 Cooper Square, 10003 - New York City, New York
2012. 880
2010. 914
2009. 897
2012. 59
2010. 90
Acceptance rate
2012. 8.0 %
2010. 8.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 41.4 K $
2010. 35 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Cooper Union connected by profession and/or age

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Written work


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1929. at New York City


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