Edward Miner Gallaudet


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(1837–1917) Like his father and elder brother, Edward Miner Gallaudet devoted his life to working with deaf people. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, near his father's school, he attended Trinity College. After graduating in 1856, he taught at the Gallaudet School for a period of time and then moved to Washington, DC, where he founded the Columbia Institute for the Deaf and Dumb. This school (renamed Gallaudet College in 1893 in honor of his father) was the first institution to provide college-level education for deaf people. In addition to his work with deaf people, Gallaudet wrote extensively on methods of education for deaf people and was president of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf from 1895 until 1917.

From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.