PERFECTING MANKIND

LeAndra C. Hargrave

Thomas H. Gallaudet

Thomas Gallaudet was an education pioneer. He graduated from Yale and began a study of sign language and European methods of education for the deaf after meeting Alice Cogswell, a nine-year-old deaf girl. In 1817 Thomas established the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut.


Elizabeth C. Stanton

Elizabeth Stanton was an early leader of the woman's rights movement, writing the Declaration of Sentiments as a call to arms for female equality. Stanton was the president of the National Woman Suffrage Association for 20 years and worked closely with Susan B. Anthony.


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Robert Owen

Robert Owen was the son of the Welsh social reformer and is best known for being integral to the founding of the Smithsonian Institution. He served in the United States House of Representatives during the 1800's and was a strong opponent to slavery, urging President Lincoln to end slavery just days before the Emancipation Proclamation was introduced.


Horace Mann

Horace Mann was an American politician and education reformer and is best known for promoting universal public education and teacher training in normal schools. Mann served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate before his appointment as the Massachusetts secretary of education. He went on to the U.S. House of Representatives, promoting an agenda of public education and normal schools to train teachers.


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Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix was an educator and social reformer whose devotion to the welfare of the mentally ill led to widespread international reforms.


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Neal Dow

Neal Dow was a American politican and temperance advocate whose Maine Law of 1851 presaged national prohibition in the United States.



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Dr. Sylvester Graham

Dr. Sylvester Graham was best known today for his invention of Graham crackers.


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