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Bridgman, Laura

Bridgman, Laura, 1829–89, the first blind and deaf person to be successfully educated, b. Hanover, N.H. Under the guidance of Dr. S. G. Howe , of the Perkins School for the Blind , she learned to read and write and to sew, eventually becoming a sewing teacher at the school, where she remained until her death. As a girl and young woman, Bridgman was famous, her life and education described in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Her fame was later eclipsed by that of Helen Keller .

See biography by L. E. Richards (1928) E. Freeberg, The Education of Laura Bridgman (2001) E. Gitter, The Imprisoned Guest: Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman (2001).

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