Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe
From Disability History
In 1921 Howe entered Harvard Medical School. In 1828, Howe traveled to Greece to aid the patriotic army in their fight for Greek independence. His experiences in Greece and other parts of Europe led him, in 1831, to become interested in establishing a school for the blind. Howe began the project by visiting France, England, and Germany to see how the blind were educated in those countries. Ideologically opposed to the methods he observed there, Howe decided to forge new territory in the education of the blind and the deaf.
In 1843 Howe had married Julia Ward, who, during the Civil War, wrote the words for "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."