Thursday, June 10, 2021

Alexander Graham Bell and the Whipples of Mystic, Connecticut

One of the Whipple Website's longtime supporters recently sent a link to a fascinating article that appeared on May 5, 2021, in The Day, a newspaper published in New London, Connecticut. Entitled "Writing on Water: What Alexander Graham Bell knew about the Mystic Oral School," it tells of what was originally called the Whipple Home School for the Deaf in Mystic, Connecticut.

It mentions:

  • Jonathan Whipple, "a stonemason by profession ... [and] a self-educated teacher at the Quakertown School in Ledyard," Connecticut
  • Enoch Whipple, his youngest son, born deaf in 1825
  • Zerah Whipple, Jonathan's grandson who invented the phonetic "Natural Alphabet"
  • Clara McGuigan, M.D., the first woman to graduate from the Philadelphia School of Medicine. (She was also the author of a major Whipple genealogy entitled The Antecedents and Descendants of Noah Whipple of the Rogerene Community at Quakertown, Connecticut, published in 1972.)
... and (of course) it mentions Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

The article is a rewarding read.


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