The Life of Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell Potrait

1847- Alexander Bell is born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3.

1858 - Alexander Bell adopts the middle name "Graham."

1868 - Bell begins teaching children who have hearing loss in London, England.

1871 - Bell teaches and lectures at Sarah Fuller's Boston Day School for the Deaf; The Clarke School in Northampton, Mass.; and, the American Asylum in Hartford, Conn.

1872 - Bell establishes a school for teachers of the deaf and a private school for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Boston, Mass.

1876 - Bell files his telephone patent, which is then approved on March 7. On March 10, he conducts his first telephone transmission.

1877 - The Bell Telephone Company is founded. Shortly after, on July 11, Bell marries Mabel Hubbard (his former student who is deaf).

1880 - The French government awards Bell the Volta Prize (50,000 francs) for his invention of the telephone. He uses the money to establish the Volta Laboratory.

1882 - Bell moves with his family to Washington, D.C., and becomes a United States citizen.

1883 - Bell establishes a day school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C.

1887 - Bell establishes the Volta Bureau, works to patent the gramaphone and refers Helen Keller’s family to the Perkins School for the Blind whose director recommends one of his former pupils, Anne Sullivan, as Helen Keller’s teacher.

1890 - Bell helps organize the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, which is currently the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Bell served as its first president.

1922 - Alexander Graham Bell, philanthropist, inventor, and renaissance man, dies on August 2 at his estate in Beinn Bhreagh, near Baddeck, Nova Scotia.


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