Gallaudet, Thomas

Gallaudet, Thomas (Hopkins)

(1787–1851) educator; born in Philadelphia. He studied European methods of deaf education before becoming the founding president of the first American free school for the deaf in Hartford, Conn. (1817–30). A pioneer in training teachers of the deaf, he also actively promoted the education of African-Americans and women. Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C., is named for him.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.