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Edmund Booth

Edmund Booth 8 inch by 10 inch oil on stretched canvas SOLD click on image.

Description about the painting:

This is Edmund Booth, a Deaf Pioneer. He was born in 1810 and died in 1905, 94 years old, 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and wore a long, full beard. He became deaf when he got meningitis at age 5. His neighbor told his family about the Hartford Asylum for deaf students in Hartford, CT. He was Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet's student. He was a teacher at Hartford Asylum in Hartford, CT, and met a Deaf student, Mary Ann Walworth and got married. They moved to Iowa in 1840. Nine years later he traveled the Overland Trail on his way to join the California Gold Rush. He was the forty niner. Five years later, he came back to Iowa with some money from gold, and he bought the city newspaper, the Anamosa Eureka, and became the editor. He was a prolific writer. He wrote books, and newspaper articles. He was a deaf pioneer of 19th-century America. He helped founded an Iowa School for the Deaf. He received an honorary Master of Arts degrees at Gallaudet College. He became a statesman of the Deaf community.

In 1880, Edmund helped founded the National Association of the Deaf and he was asked to be President but declined because he felt he was too old. He was a chairperson for the National Executive Committee, advocating for Deaf rights until the end of his life.

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Last updated March 7. 2014