John B. Hotchkiss

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John B. Hotchkiss
Biographical details
Born (1845-08-22)August 22, 1845
Seymour, Connecticut
Died November 3, 1922(1922-11-03) (aged 77)
Washington, D. C.
Alma mater Gallaudet
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1883 Gallaudet

John Burton Hotchkiss (August 22, 1845 – November 3, 1922) was an American football coach and professor. He was deaf since the age of 9, and attended Gallaudet University, where later he was the first coach of the Gallaudet Bison football team. He is the namesake of their football field. Hotchkiss was also a writer; one of the founders and editors of the Silent World, a short-lived paper for the deaf.[1][2] Hotchkiss taught English and history.[3]

Early years

Hotchkiss became deaf due to meningitis or scarlet fever. He thus attended the American School for the Deaf in Hartford,[4] the first permanent school for the deaf in the country.[5]


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  2. "John Burton Hotchkiss" (PDF).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. John V. Van Cleve. A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America. p. 74.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. The Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Studies. p. 493.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Susan Burch. Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History, 100 to World War II. p. 43.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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