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  2. 2. Famous Gallaudets • The Gallaudet family has been noted as a remarkable family throughout America’s early history. • Two Gallaudets well known before Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet were Elisha Gallaudet and Peter Wallace Gallaudet. (Fisher 2010) Figure 1: Gallaudet family crest (Fisher 2010).
  3. 3. Growing Up • Gallaudet was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 10, 1787. • At the age of 14, Gallaudet was a student at Yale University and then went on to graduate with his master’s degree in 1810. • He became a preacher in 1814, but he did not spend his life actively teaching. (Thomas 2008)
  4. 4. First Interest in Teaching the Deaf • In 1814 Thomass Hopkins met Alice Cogswell. • Became interested in teaching her how to communicate. • Mason Cogswell financed trip to Europe for Gallaudet to visit schools for deaf students. (Thomas 2013)
  5. 5. Braidwood Academy • Operate schools for the deaf located in England. • Focused on lip reading and speech = oral method. • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet did not think oral method was best way to teach. • The family was very secretive. (Thomas 2013)
  6. 6. Abbe Sicard • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet met Abbe Sicard while in England. • Abbe Sicard was the director of the Institut Royal des Sourds-Muets. • Gallaudet traveled back to France to learn more about the education at their school. • Returned to America with one of Sicard’s faculty members Laurent Clerc. (French 2013)
  7. 7. The American School for the Deaf • The Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons later became the American School for the Deaf. • The American School for the Deaf has served as the “mother school”. • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s influence dramatically influenced the future of deaf education in America. (ASD n.d.)
  8. 8. Later Life • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet married Sohpia Fowler. • His youngest of eight children, Edward Miner Gallaudet moved to Washington D.C. where he ran a school for Deaf Students. (French 2013) Figure 3: Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. (Thomas 2013).
  9. 9. Gallaudet’s Influence • During the later parts of his life he spent his time writing children’s books. • Thomas Gallaudet died on September 10, 1851. • Devoted his life to Deaf education, starting with Alice Cogswell. • Changed the Deaf culture of America forever. (Thomas 2008)
  10. 10. Centennial Memorial Location: near the chapel entrance of Gallaudet University • Added in 1887, 100 years after Thomas Gallaudet was born. • Remembrance of his importance in Deaf History. (French 2013) Figure 4: Statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and first student Alice Cogswell in front of Gallaudet University.
  11. 11. References ASD Beginnings. (n.d.). Retrieved November 20, 2013, from American School for the Deaf website: Crouch, B. R. and B. H. G. (2007). Hearing with the Eye: The Rise of Deaf Education in the United States. In J. V. V. C. (Ed.), The Deaf History Reader. (pp. 24-46). Washington D.C.: Gallaudet University Press. Fisher, S. (2010). Gallaudet Family History. Gallaudet Technologies. Retrieved from French, D. C. (2013). Gallaudet, Thomas Hopkins: Statue near the chapel entrance in Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Retrieved from Laurent Clerc: Apostle to the Deaf People of the New World. (2008). Retrieved November 17, 2013, from Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center website: clerc_center/welcome/laurent_clerc_the_man.html Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. (2013). Retrieved November 17, 2013, from Gallaudet University website: Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. (2008, April 2). Retrieved November 20, 2013, from