Brace, Charles Loring, 1826-90, American clergyman and social reformer, b. Litchfield, Conn. America's pioneer children's advocate, he founded (1853) the Children's Aid Society of New York, an organization that established modern methods in child welfare. Brace was also mainly responsible for the "orphan trains" that were common in the decades just preceding and following the Civil War and lasted until about 1930. These trains transported orphans from the crowded, poverty-stricken, and disease-ridden streets of New York City to Midwestern farms and other rural locations, where they were adopted and/or obliged to work. The system improved many lives, but some of the children were exploited as free labor. This practice was the immediate predecessor of the U.S. foster care system. Among Brace's books are Short Sermons to Newsboys (1866) and Gesta Christi (1882).

See G. Trasler, In Place of Parents (1960); T. Bender, Toward an Urban Vision (1982); S. O'Connor, Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed (2001).

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People with the surname Brace

  • Charles Loring Brace (1826-1890), a contributing philanthropist in the field of social reform
  • Jonathan Brace (1754-1837), a United States Representative from Connecticut
  • Julia Brace (1807-1884), a deaf and blind woman who learned tactile American Sign Language
  • Onllwyn Brace (born 1932), Wales rugby union captain
  • Rick Brace, the current president of the CTV television network, a unit of CTVglobemedia
  • William Brace (1865 - 1947), a member of British Parliament and Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Other meanings

  • Brace originally meant an arm or the two arms and then meant the length of two outstretched arms, i.e., about 2 yards or a fathom.

This meaning for brace led to the other meanings such as embrace with ones arms, and support with one's arms.

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