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Thomas Gallaudet

Born: Jun 3, 1822

Death: Aug 27, 1902

Birthplace: Hartford

Nationality: United States

Thomas Gallaudet

Date of Birth : Jun 3, 1822
Date of Death : Aug 27, 1902
Birth Place : Hartford

The Rev. Thomas H. Gallaudet, D.D., an American Episcopal priest, was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, The Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, LL.D. was the renowned pioneer of deaf education in the United States. His mother, Sophia Fowler Gallaudet, who was deaf, was the founding matron of the school that became Gallaudet University. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Gallaudet accepted a teaching position at the New York Institution for Deaf-mutes, where he met and married a deaf woman, Elizabeth Budd. They had seven children, one of whom died in infancy, named Laurent Clerc Gallaudet. He was most certainly named after the man his father brought back from France to help start his Deaf-Mute School, Laurent Clerc. Following in his father's footsteps, in 1852, Gallaudet established St. Ann's Church for Deaf Mutes in New York City. In 1872 Rev. Gallaudet, Jane Middleton, and The Church Mission to Deaf-Mutes established The Home for Aged and Infirm Deaf-Mutes in a brownstone located at 220 East 13th Street in New York City. Jane served as the first Superintendent and Matron of the home from 1872 until her death in 1885.

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