Gallaudet, Thomas Hopkins
born Dec. 10, 1787, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.
died Sept. 10, 1851, Hartford, Conn.

U.S. philanthropist and founder of the first American school for the deaf.

He graduated from Yale College and later studied in England and France, where he learned the sign method of communication. In 1816 he established the school for the deaf in Hartford, Conn.; for more than 50 years it would remain the main American training centre for instructors of the deaf. Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., is named in his honour.

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▪ American educator
born Dec. 10, 1787, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.
died Sept. 10, 1851, Hartford, Conn.

      educational philanthropist and founder of the first American school for the deaf (deafness).

      After graduating from Yale College in 1805, Gallaudet studied theology at Andover. His interests soon turned to the education of the deaf, and he visited Europe, studying in England and France, where he learned the sign method of communication from Abbé Roch-Ambroise Sicard, head of the French Royal Institute for the Deaf. On Gallaudet's return to the United States in 1816, he and Laurent Clerc established the American Asylum for Deaf-mutes at Hartford, Conn., in support of which the U.S. Congress made a land grant. For more than 50 years this school was the main training centre for instructors of the deaf.

      Gallaudet retired from the school in 1830, later receiving an appointment to the first professorship in the United States for the philosophy of education at New York University (1832–33). In his Plan of a Seminary for the Education of Instructers of Youth (1825), he proposed special schools for the professional training of teachers. He also wrote textbooks for children and the deaf.

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