Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

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Name: Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
Occupation: Teacher
Gender: Male
Birth Day: December 10, 1787
Death Date: Sep 10, 1851 (age 63)
Age: Aged 63
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was born on December 10, 1787 in United States (63 years old). Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet is a Teacher, zodiac sign: Sagittarius. Find out Thomas Hopkins Gallaudetnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


A twenty cent postage stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service in his honor in June 1983.

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As per our current Database, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet died on Sep 10, 1851 (age 63).

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Before Fame

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned a master's degree from Yale in 1808. He later became a preacher after graduating from Andover Theological Seminary.

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He attended Yale University, earning his bachelor's degree in 1805, graduating at the age of seventeen, with highest honors, and then earned a master's degree at Yale in 1808. He engaged in many things such as studying law, trade, and theology. In 1814, Gallaudet graduated from Andover Theological Seminary after a two-year course of study. However, he declined several offers of pastorates, due to ongoing concerns about his health.


His path in life was altered when he met Alice Cogswell, on May 25, 1814, the nine-year-old deaf daughter of a neighbor, Dr. Mason Cogswell. Gallaudet had returned to his parents' home in Hartford to recuperate from his seminary studies. On that day, as he observed Alice playing apart from other children, he wanted to teach her. Gallaudet started to teach Alice what different objects were called by writing their names and drawing pictures of them with a stick in the dirt. Dr. Cogswell was impressed and invited Gallaudet to continue teaching Alice through the summer. While many of his friends became pastors or found mission fields overseas, Gallaudet found his mission field at home. The next year Cogswell, with several businessmen and clergy, asked Gallaudet to travel to Europe to study methods for teaching deaf students, especially those of the Braidwood family in England. Gallaudet found the Braidwoods unwilling to share knowledge of their oral communication method and himself financially limited. At the same time, he also was not satisfied that the oral method produced desirable results.


Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was the eldest of 13 children. His younger siblings' names were: Edgar (1789–90), Charles (1792–1830), (unnamed twins, 1793), Catherine (1793–1856), James (1796–1878), William Edgar (1797–1821), Ann Watts (1800–50), Jane (1801–35), Theodore (1805–85), Edward (1808–47) , and Wallace (1811–16). William Edgar Gallaudet graduated from Yale with a B.A. in 1815.


Having persuaded Clerc to accompany him, Gallaudet sailed back to America. The two men, with the help of Dr. Cogswell, toured New England and successfully raised private and public funds to fund a school for deaf students in Hartford, which later became known as the American School for the Deaf (ASD), in 1817. Young Alice was one of the first seven students at ASD.


In 1821, he married one of his former students, Sophia Fowler. They had 8 children as well.


After resigning directorship of his school for the deaf in 1830, Gallaudet wrote educational and religious texts, became the chaplain to the Connecticut Retreat for the Insane in 1838, and taught in Hartford; the young Frederic Edwin Church was a notable pupil during this period.


Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet died in Hartford on September 10, 1851, aged 63, and was buried in Hartford's Cedar Hill Cemetery. There is a residence hall named in his honor at nearby Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. There is also a residence hall named in his honor at the University of Hartford in West Hartford.


His youngest child Edward Miner Gallaudet (1837–1917) founded in 1864 the first college for the deaf, which, in 1986, became Gallaudet University. He was president for 46 years. The university also offers education for those in elementary, middle, and high school. The elementary school on the Gallaudet University Campus is named the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES); the middle and high school is the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). he went to France with Dr Mason Cogwell.

Family Life

Thomas's wife, Sophia Fowler, was a former student of his. They had eight children together, including Edward Miner Gallaudet, who founded what would later become Gallaudet University, the first college for the deaf.

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