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Recent Dictionary News
The following are the articles most recently added to the Dictionary. To see a complete list of what is available (over 375 biographies so far) and what is planned (many hundreds more), please click on the alphabetical indices on the sidebar. The search feature, also on the sidebar, may be used to find all references to a given person. Articles may also be found by clicking on the categories listed below the news.
- 10/23 new article: Samuel Gridley Howe, by John N. Marsh
- 10/23 new article: William Bentley, by Alan Seaburg & Jim Nugent
- 10/2 portrait added: Thomas Handasyd Perkins
- 9/15 new article: John Bird Wilkins, by Jim Nugent
- 8/25 new article: Arthur W. Foote II, by Avery "Pete" Guest
- 7/9 new article: Brooke Herford, by Alan Ruston and Alan Seaburg
- 5/18 new article: Clemens Taesler, by Erik Martínez Resly
- 4/25 new article: Charles Edwards Park, by Alan Seaburg
- 1/21 updated bio: Michael Servetus, by Peter Hughes
- 1/17 new article: Seth Chandler, by Alan Seaburg
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- Presidents, Heads of State, and Politicians
- Scientists and Medical Practitioners
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- Non-biographical Entries
Brook Farm, The Humiliati, The Larger Hope, Restorationist Controversy, spiritualism,
St. Lawrence University, the Unitarian Controversy and Its Puritan Roots, and the Winchester Profession.
Samuel G. Howe
Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876), founding director of the Perkins School for the Blind, was a leading figure in the early history of special education in the United States. He was also a military hero in the Greek War of Independence, a campaigner for the abolition of slavery, and an advocate for prison reform. He worked for the mentally disabled with Dorothea Dix and for universal public education with Horace Mann. His work with Laura Bridgman, the first deaf-blind person to acquire the skill of intelligent conversation, inspired Anne Sullivan, the teacher of Helen Keller.