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Laura Dewey Bridgman
Birth: Dec. 21, 1829
Hanover
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: May 24, 1889
South Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Medical Pioneer, Literary Figure. Subject of the book "The Education of Laura Bridgman: First Deaf and Blind Person to Learn Language," by Ernest Freeberg. At the age of 2, Laura contracted scarlet fever which destroyed her hearing and sight. Dr. Samuel Howe brought her to the Perkins Institute for the Blind to attempt to teach a deaf-blind person. Laura eventually learned to read and write using specially grooved paper. She lived her entire life at Perkins and spent much of her time knitting, sewing, cleaning and writing letters to friends. Dr. Howe's achievement drew much attention, especially after author Charles Dickens visited the school in 1842 and enthusiastically described Bridgman's accomplishments in his "American Notes." 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Daniel Bridgman (1800 - 1868)
  Harmony Downer Bridgman (1804 - 1891)
 
 Siblings:
  Mary C. Bridgman (1825 - 1832)*
  Frances Collina Bridgman (1827 - 1832)*
  Laura Dewey Bridgman (1829 - 1889)
  Milo B. Bridgman (1838 - 1839)*
  Mary A. Bridgman (1842 - 1859)*
  Collina F. Bridgman Simmons (1845 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
On the tall family monument:
LAURA DEWEY BRIDGMAN
DEC. 21, 1829
MAY 24, 1889

DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND
FROM TWO YEARS OLD.
EDUCATED AT PERKINS
INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND,
SOUTH BOSTON MASS
 
Burial:
Dana Cemetery
Hanover
Grafton County
New Hampshire, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Laurie
Record added: Feb 14, 2003
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