Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet


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Noun1.Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet - United States educator who established the first free school in the United States for the hearing impaired (1787-1851)
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Sayers's well-researched publication uses the backdrop of watershed moments, historical movements, war, and political maneuvering to tell the story of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. She provides details of a life that was a force in establishing the American School for the Deaf.
Synopsis: In the early 19th century, a hearing American reverend, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, met a deaf French educator, Laurent Clerc, who agreed to come to the United States and help establish the first school in America to use sign language to teach deaf children.
Through an act of Congress in 1954, the name of the institution was changed to Gallaudet College in honor of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.