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Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
Birth: Dec. 10, 1787
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1851
Hartford
Connecticut, USA

Educator, Social Reformer. He started the first School for the Deaf in United States. Educated at Yale College (now Yale University) and Andover Theological Seminary, he became interested in the teach of the deaf and went to Europe to learn the methods, including sign language, used there. After studying at the Institut Royal des Sourd-Muets in Paris, he returned to the United States in 1816 with a French teacher, Laurent Clerc. Helped by a land grant from Congress, the two founded the first free public school for the deaf, the American Asylum for Deaf-Mutes (now the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut). Some of the people Gallaudet trained went on to lead similar institutions and gave a strong impetus to the previously neglected education of the deaf. Gallaudet retired in 1830 and devoted himself to various educational causes; he advocated establishing public schools for teacher training and providing higher education for women. He died in Hartford in 1851. 
 
Burial:
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: Section 3
 
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Record added: May 16, 2001
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