Laura Bridgman

1829 - 1889

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Laura Dewey Lynn Bridgman (December 21, 1829 – May 24, 1889) is known as the first deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education in the English language, fifty years before the more famous Helen Keller. Bridgman was left deaf-blind at the age of two after contracting scarlet fever. She was educated at the Perkins Institution for the Blind where, under the direction of Samuel Gridley Howe, she learned to read and communicate using Braille and the manual alphabet developed by Charles-Michel de l'Épée.For several years, Bridgman gained celebrity status when Charles Dickens met her during his 1842 American tour and wrote about her accomplishments in his American Notes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Laura Bridgman has received more than 251,680 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Laura Bridgman is the 3,051st most popular writer (up from 3,110th in 2019), the 3,949th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,895th in 2019) and the 354th most popular American Writer.

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  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.18

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  • 2.44

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Among writers, Laura Bridgman ranks 3,051 out of 5,794Before her are Arthur Young, John Christopher, Alma Karlin, Giuseppe Parini, Peter Cheyney, and Édouard Chavannes. After her are Matthías Jochumsson, Ryōtarō Shiba, Ennin, Ernst Jandl, Abdullah Goran, and Alfonso Daniel Rodríguez Castelao.

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Among people born in 1829, Laura Bridgman ranks 38Before her are Prince William of Baden, Antonio Guzmán Blanco, Konrad Duden, Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Edmond Albius. After her are Jean Dufresne, Allan Octavian Hume, Mikayel Nalbandian, Carl Schurz, Graziadio Isaia Ascoli, and Alfred Newton. Among people deceased in 1889, Laura Bridgman ranks 47Before her are Johann Jakob von Tschudi, Yohannes IV, Jean-Baptiste Arban, Ivan Larionov, Julia Gardiner Tyler, and Wilhelm Tempel. After her are Louis Faidherbe, Benedetto Cairoli, Ernst Rudolf von Trautvetter, Şihabetdin Märcani, Belle Starr, and Ludwig Anzengruber.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Laura Bridgman ranks 3,949 out of 15,968Before her are Chester Conklin (1886), Lee Falk (1911), Alan Sokal (1955), Lauren Holly (1963), Chris Hardwick (1971), and Rebecca Romijn (1972). After her are Big Joe Turner (1911), Lauren Graham (1967), Anthony McAuliffe (1898), Ted Cassidy (1932), Pernell Roberts (1928), and Morris Swadesh (1909).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Laura Bridgman ranks 354Before her are Vince Gilligan (1967), Henry Kuttner (1915), James A. Michener (1907), Gregory Benford (1941), Ron Kovic (1946), and R. A. Salvatore (1959). After her are Charles Fort (1874), James Rollins (1961), John Ashbery (1927), William Steig (1907), Gene Wolfe (1931), and Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906).