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Laura Dewey Bridgman

  • Birth 21 Dec 1829 Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
  • Death 24 May 1889 South Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
  • Memorial ID 7184506

Medical Pioneer, Literary Figure. Subject of the book "The Education of Laura Bridgman: First Deaf and Blind Person to Learn Language," by Ernest Freeberg. At the age of 2, Laura contracted scarlet fever which destroyed her hearing and sight. Dr. Samuel Howe brought her to the Perkins Institute for the Blind to attempt to teach a deaf-blind person. Laura eventually learned to read and write using specially grooved paper. She lived her entire life at Perkins and spent much of her time knitting, sewing, cleaning and writing letters to friends. Dr. Howe's achievement drew much attention, especially after author Charles Dickens visited the school in 1842 and enthusiastically described Bridgman's accomplishments in his "American Notes."


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On the tall family monument:
LAURA DEWEY BRIDGMAN
DEC. 21, 1829
MAY 24, 1889

DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND
FROM TWO YEARS OLD.
EDUCATED AT PERKINS
INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND,
SOUTH BOSTON MASS


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Laurie
  • Added: 14 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7184506
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Laura Dewey Bridgman (21 Dec 1829–24 May 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7184506, citing Dana Cemetery, Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .