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E.m. Gallaudet Early Educator Of Deaf, 1st Pres Gallaudet Univ., Als Re Interest For Sale
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EDWARD M. M. Gallaudet was 14 when his father, Thomas H. Gallaudet, co-founder of the first institution for the education of the deaf in North
America, died. When opened on April 15,
1817, with Thomas as the first principal, it was called the "Connecticut Asylum (at Hartford) for the
Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons," now known
as the American School for the Deaf.
In 1856, 19-year-old Edward M. Gallaudet brought 20 deaf children to Washington, D.C., to help raise money for a school for the deaf. Amos Kendall, former Postmaster General, impressed with Gallaudet's endeavor, donated two acres of land for the establishment of a school for the deaf and blind in Washington, D.C. and asked Gallaudet to come to Washington to help lead this school.
Edward quickly agreed and became the first principal of the
Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Blind on Kendall Green.
In 1864, Gallaudet sought college status for the Columbia Institution and got it in early April 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln signed "S. 163. An act to authorize the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to confer degrees" — a law which was not strictly necessary, but which Gallaudet
desired. This first college of the deaf eventually became Gallaudet University.
Edward Miner Gallaudet was the president of Gallaudet
College/Columbia for 46 years (1864–1910), was the head administrator
for 53 years (1857–1910), and was the President of the Board of
Directors for 47 years (1864–1911). He was a staunch advocate of sign language; he recognized the value of speech training, but also recognized that speech training was not for everyone.
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