19th Century Reformers

Karla Carrillo

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet

Gallaudet established the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. This was the first institution of its type in North America.



Ralph Waldo Emerson

He became a Transcendentalist, leading to the later essays "Self-Reliance" and "The American Scholar."


Horace Mann

He was a education reformer he took an interest in politics, education and social reform, and upon graduation he gave a speech on the advancement of the human race through which education, philanthropy, and republicanism could combine to benefit mankind.



Neal Dow

He was a american temperance reformer he entered his father's tannery, rose to a partnership, and expanded his business interests in several directions; these accomplishments did not, however, satisfy his need for civic participation.


Dorothea Dix

She was a social reformer and establish state hospitals for the mentally ill.


Dr.Sylvester Graham

Best known for his invention of Graham crackers.


William Lloyd Garrison

He helped form the New England Antislavery Society.


Elihu Burritt

formed the League of Universal Brotherhood, one of the most active pacifist organizations in the 19th century.


Robert Owen

He endeavored to improve the health, education, well-being and rights of the working class.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton

was an early leader of the woman's rights movement, writing the Declaration of Sentiments as a call to arms for female equality.