Helen Keller, Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Helen Adams Keller

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Ivy Green, Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
Death: June 1, 1968 (87) (Stroke)
Place of Burial: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of (Captain) Arthur Henely Keller and Catherine "Kate" Everett (Adams) Keller
Sister of Mildred Campbell Tyson; Phillips Brooks Keller; Polly Keller; Private User and Private User
Half sister of James Keller and William Simpson Keller

Occupation: American Author, Activist and Lecturer
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About Helen Keller, Presidential Medal of Freedom


Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college.

The story of how Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play The Miracle Worker.

What is less well known is how Keller's life developed after she completed her education. A prolific author, she was well traveled, and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.



Birth: Jun. 27, 1880 Tuscumbia Colbert County Alabama, USA Death: Jun. 1, 1968 Easton Fairfield County Connecticut, USA

Social Activist. After losing her sight and hearing when only 19 months old, Helen Keller would learn to read and write with the help of Anne Sullivan of the Perkins Institute for the Blind; this extraordinary process was later immortalized in William Gibson's 1959 play "The Miracle Worker." Keller graduated from Radcliffe College with honors in 1904, wrote several books, and became a ceaseless advocate for a number of causes and organizations, including both pacifist and veterans' groups, the American Foundation for the Blind, and the International Workers of the World. (bio by: Stuthehistoryguy)

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 Arthur Henley Keller (1836 - 1896)
 Catherine Everett Adams Keller (1856 - 1921)

 James M. Keller (1867 - 1906)**
 Fannie S. Keller (1871 - 1872)**
 William Simpson Keller (1874 - 1925)**
 Helen Adams Keller (1880 - 1968)
 Mildred Campbell Keller Tyson (1886 - 1969)*
 Phillips Brooks Keller (1891 - 1971)*
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Burial: Washington National Cathedral Washington District of Columbia District Of Columbia, USA

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Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 01, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 567 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=567

(Rare!) Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan (1930 Newsreel Footage) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1uLfF35Uw

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Helen Keller, Presidential Medal of Freedom's Timeline

June 27, 1880
Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
Age 7
Perkins Institute for the Blind
Age 13
Horace Mann School for the Deaf
Age 13
Wright-Humason School for the Deaf
Age 15
The Cambridge School for Young Ladies
- 1904
Age 19
Radcliffe College
June 1, 1968
Age 87
June 1968
Age 87
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States