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Happy Birthday, Thomas Gallaudet!

Thomas Gallaudet was born on this day (Dec. 10) in 1787.


Birthplace - Philadelphia

Family - Oldest of 12 children


College - Attended Yale at age 14, graduating with highest honors at 17


Ministry - Ordained in 1814, sometimes preaching at church


Deaf Interest - Became interested in deaf issues when he met a 9-year-old deaf neighbor


School - Founded The American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut which opened its doors in 1817


Travels - Learned the manual form of sign language used in France when he visited


Marriage - In 1821, he married a former student and had two sons


Edward - Gallaudet's son who founded Gallaudet University in Washington, DC


Thomas - Ordained as an Episcopal priest, working to provide religious services for the deaf

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