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Laurent Clerc Timeline
⟶ Updated 8 Nov 2018 ⟶
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He fell from his highchair into the fireplace and suffered severe burns to the face. His parents and doctors believed that this was the reason for his loss of hearing and his sense of smell, however, he may have been born without them.
He was born.
His mother took him to a physician to be treated for his deafness. Two weeks of treatment proved to be unsuccessful. Clerc and his parents soon began to truly adapt to his impairment.
His uncle enrolled him in the world’s first public school for the deaf, “Insit National de Jeune Sourds-Mirets.”
He was chosen to become a tutor at his school.
After excelling in the role as a tutor, he was hired as a teacher at the school.
He and his first teacher (and lifelong friend), Massieu, travelled to England with Sicard to lecture and demonstrate their teaching methods executed at the deaf institute in which they were employed at. This was the same convention that Thomas Gallaudet had attended.
He became Sicard’s chief assistant and began teaching the highest class in the institution - a recognized privilege. In addition, he gave Thomas Gallaudet private lessons and was even invited to join him in establishing the first public deaf school in America.
He and Gallaudet left for America. On their voyage, Clerc continued to teach Gallaudet signs, and in exchange, Gallaudet tutored Clerc in English.
He and Gallaudet arrive in America and begin preparing for their plans to open up a school.
Him and Gallaudet rented rooms that would make up their school. They opened their school with a total of seven students enrolled and the name “The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons.” Gallaudet was the Principle and Clerc was the head teacher.
32 deaf students were enrolled and under their instruction.
He went to Washington D.C. to collect support from Congress.
He was the first man to address Connecticut Legislature.
The latter granted him with 20,000 acres of land (due to his striking impression left on Congress after his speech) which was later sold for $300,000.
He married Miss Eliza Boardman, one of his former students.
He and his wife welcomed their first child, Elizabeth Victoria. They would later have five more.
The school he co-established was renamed “American School for the Deaf.”
He retired as a teacher, but continued to attend many deaf conventions/meetings in order to stay knowledgeable and involved in the Deaf community.
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