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Mrs. Sigourney of Hartford : poems and prose on the early American deaf community

Author: Edna Edith Sayers; Diana Moore
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University Press, [2013]
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"Lydia Huntley was born in 1791 in Norwich, CT, the only child of a poor Revolutionary war veteran. But her father's employer, a wealthy widow, gave young Lydia the run of her library and later sent her for visits to Hartford, CT. After teaching at her own school for several years in Norwich, Lydia returned to Hartford to head a class of 15 girls from the best families. Among her students was Alice Cogswell, a deaf  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Named Person: L H Sigourney
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edna Edith Sayers; Diana Moore
ISBN: 9781563685576 1563685574 1563685582 9781563685583
OCLC Number: 823742039
Description: x, 161 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Edna Edith Sayers and Diana Moore, editors.

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Lydia Huntley Sigourney played a key role in the fledgling American deaf community, influencing Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet in his formation of the first American school for the deaf. This title brings  Read more...

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