Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (Teacher) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, was an American educator. Along with Laurent Clerc and Mason Cogswell, he co-founded the first permanent institution for the education of the deaf in North America, and he became its first principal. When opened on April 15, 1817, it was called the “Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons,” but it is now known as the American School for the Deaf.

Born: December 10, 1787, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died: September 10, 1851, Hartford, Connecticut, US
Occupation: Minister, educator, co-founder of the first permanent school for the deaf in North America.
Spouse(s): Sophia Fowler

About Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

Educational pioneer who co-founded, along with Laurent Clerc and Mason Cogswell, what is now known as the American School for the Deaf, the first instutition for deaf education in North America. He was also the school’s first principal.

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.


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

Family Life

His 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.


He was inspired to pursue deaf education after meeting a nine-year-old Alice Cogswell.

Information related to Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

  • Special education in the United States
  • Burials at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford, Connecticut)
  • Deaf culture in the United States
  • Gallaudet University

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