Helen Adams Keller
Date of Birth
June 27, 1880
Date of Death
June 1, 1968
Place of Birth
Capt. Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams Keller
Helen Keller attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind.
She later attended Wright-Humason school for the Deaf and
Horace Mann School for the Deaf.
In 1896, Helen entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies
and in 1900, she gained admittance to Radcliffe College.
American author, political activist and lecturer
Reason for Fame
Helen devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American
Foundation for the Blind. President Johnson awarded Helen the Presidential Medal of Freedom
and in 1965, she was elected to Hational Women’s Hall of Fame.
Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; at nineteen months old
she contracted an illness described as an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain
which could possibly have been scarlet fever or meningitis.
At age 24, Helen was the first deafblind to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Helen was taught the meaning of words, to speak and read by her long-time
teacher Ann Sullivan.