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Laura Bridgman

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Birthday
21, 1829
Birthplace
New Hampshire
Death Date
May 24, 1889 (59)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
21, 1829
Birthplace
New Hampshire
Death Date
May 24, 1889 (59)

About

American woman who is notable for being considered the first deaf-blind child in American history to received meaningful formal education in the English language. She became world-famous after Charles Dickens wrote glowingly about her in his 1842 book American Notes.

Before Fame

She was left deaf and blind after contracting scarlet fever at the age of two. She was first taught to use sign language by family friend Asa Tenney.

Trivia

In her later years, she taught young blind girls how to sew at the Perkins School.

Family Life

She had sisters named Mary and Collina as well as a brother named Addison.

Associated With

She received her education fifty years before Helen Keller.