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Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet SED 337 Caraline Roll Jessica Ware Sara Folz
Dec. 10,1787-Sept. 10, 1851
Thomas as a Boy Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Born with a sickness that limited his physical ability. Moved to Hartford, Connecticut He had 8 siblings Not Gallaudet
Schooling Very brilliant student At 14 years of age he was accepted into Yale University as a Sophomore. After graduation he worked for the Honorable Chauncy Goodrich in Hartford to study law. After 1 year of studying law he decided physically, it was too hard.
Schooling Cont. After working for a while he decided to go back to school. 1808, went back to Yale as a tutor which enabled him to work on his masters. In 1812 he started at Andover Theological Seminary Graduated as an ordained Congregation Minister
Finding the Purpose of Life He met Alice Cogswell Alice was 9 years old Her father, Mason Cogswell, didnt believe there was anyone who could teach deaf people in America.
Purpose… His first encounter with Alice outside lead him to a desire to teach Thomas then taught her to spell the word hat and her name All Thomas had taught her impressed her father so much that he changed his mind about Deaf Education Dr. Cogswell then wanted to start a school and asked Thomas to help Cogswell sent him to London to learn how to teach the deaf.
London Thomas was not impressed with the school in London. He wasnt welcomed by the school owner They agreed to teach Thomas their way of teaching the deaf…but he declined.
Invitation to Deaf Language Thomas met Laurent Clerc and Jean Massieu in London This lead to a yearning to learn about Deaf Culture and their language. Thomas went to France with them and stayed at their school for 2 months There he took lessons from the teachers and learned sign.
Back Home Clerc traveled back to America with Thomas. He continued to learn sign and taught America that Deaf people could be well educated. They opened The American Asylum at Hartford for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb. In 1895 the name changed to The American School for the Deaf.
School and Thereafter Thomas was principal and both Clerc and Thomas taught School started with only 6 students and Alice was one of them. Thomas married one of the students, Sophia Fowler, when she graduated. They had 8 children In 1830 Thomas retired and by then there were 100s of Deaf students who could read and write
Thomas Retired Thomas spent his time writing, preaching, supporting Deaf education and sign language. He also loved to write childrens books. When he died he was 63 years old. And look how far weve come!!
Where did we get this information? layout/gallaudet-thomas-hopkins.htm A Journey into the Deaf-World /thomasgallaudet.htm Gallaudet Google Images