Louis Laurent Marie was born in La Balme-les-Grottes back in 1785 to Joseph and Marie. He attended the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris where he graduated and became a teacher. In 1815, he traveled to England to give a lecture, then to visit a school in Paris. After a few months in 1816, he crossed the pond to the United States. Along the way he learned English.
Once he arrived he stayed in the States until his death in 1869.
What you may not know about Louis Laurent Marie Clerc is that at the age of one he fell from a chair into a fire, suffering severe burns. That fall caused deafness and the inability to smell. He co-founded the first school for the deaf in North America, at Hartford, Connecticut in 1817.the school was remained to the American School for the Deaf in 1821. It remains the oldest existing school for the deaf in North America. He is known as “The Apostle of the Deaf in American”.
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