Teacher, School founder
|Died||July 21, 1846|
Jean Massieu (1772 – July 21, 1846) was a pioneering deaf educator, having been born deaf, and having five other deaf siblings. He taught at the famous school for the deaf in Paris where Laurent Clerc was one of his students. Later he founded a deaf school in Lille, France.
Quotes attributed to him
- "Let the Englishman have his coffee, and let me have my ham."—Jean Massieu
- "Gratitude is the memory of the heart", which has become a proverb in the French language.
- Massieu, Jean; Laurent Clerc; and Roch Ambroise Cucurron Sicard. 1815. A collection of the most remarkable definitions and answers of Massieu and Clerc, deaf and dumb, to the various questions put to them, at the public lectures of the Abbé Sicard, in London. London: Printed for Massieu and Clerc, by Cox and Baylis, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields
- "Jean Massieu," 1849 article written by Laurent Clerc
- Massieu, Jean (Gallaudet University Library web page)
- Date of the death of Jean Massieu, in Journal de Toulouse, 28 July 1846: "Jean Massieu, ancien professeur à l'Institut royal des sourds-muets de Paris, fondateur et directeur honoraire de l'institution des sourds-muets de Lille, est mort dans cette ville le 21 juillet, à l'àge de soixante-quinze ans. M. Massieu avait été l'élève, l'ami et le successeur de l'illustre abbé Sicard."
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