Deaf-blind. Born at Tuscumbia, AL; deafened and blinded at 19 months of age by an illness. Was re-introduced to language at age 8 by Anne Sullivan, who remained Keller's companion until Sullivan's death, then succeeded by Polly Thompson. Keller died at Westport, CT, and is buried in the Washington National Cathedral.
Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences, p. 205-208; Gallaudet Encyclopedia, vol.2 p.123-126; Extraordinary People with Disabilities, p.50-54; Movers & Shakers, p.77-82; Encyclopedia of Special Education, vol.2, p.891; Great Lives from History: American Women Series, vol.III p.1015-1018; ABC-Clio companion, p.178-181; American National Biography, vol.12 p.472-475; Dictionary of American Biography, eighth supplement; Deaf Women, p.43, 78-79.
27 June 1880-1 June 1968