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PEET, Harvey Prindle, educator, born in Beth le-hem, Litchfield County, Connecticut, 19 November, 1794; died in New York city, 1 January, 1873. His early life was spent on his father's farm, and by teaching in the district school he earned means to procure his education. After graduation at Yale in 1822 he became an instructor in the asylum for the deaf and dumb in Hartford, of which he was soon made superintendent. In 1831 he was appointed principal of the institution for the deaf and dumb in New York city, which under his care became successful. He resigned the principalship in 1868, but was emeritus principal until his death. For fourteen years he was president of its board of directors. Dr. Peet received the degree of LL.D. from the University of New York in 1849, and that of Ph. D. from the National deaf-mute college in 1871. The want of suitable elementary books for deaf-mutes led him to prepare a series, which is now in general use, entitled "Course of Instruction for the Deaf and Dumb" (New York, 1844-'6). He also wrote "Scripture Lessons for the Deaf and Dumb" (1846); "Statistics of the Deaf and Dumb" (1852) ; "Report on Education of the Deaf and Dumb in Higher Branches" (1852); "Letters to Pupils on Leaving the New York Institution for the Deaf and Dumb "(1854) ; "Legal Rights, etc., of the Deaf and Dumb" (Utica, 1856); "History of the United States of America" (New York, 1869); and contributed articles on his specialty to the "American Journal of Insanity" and to the "American Annals for the Deaf and Dumb."--His son, Isaac Lewis, educator, born in Hartford, Connecticut, 4 December, 1824, was graduated at Yale in 1845, and at the Union theological seminary in 1849. In 1851 he visited Europe to study methods of teaching deaf-mutes. On his return in 1852 he was elected vice-principal of the New York institution for the deaf and dumb, and since 1867 he has been its principal. In 1881 he went as the representative of all the American institutions for the deaf and dumb to the International congress in Nil an, Italy. He has been active in shaping the legislation of the state of New York with regard to deaf-mute instruction, and also secured provision for the instruction of children under the age of twelve years. Columbia gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1872. He has written many reports, memoirs, and works on the education of" deaf-mutes.--Another son, Edward, educator, born in Hartford, Connecticut, 28 May, 1826; died in New York city, 27 January, 1862, was graduated at the University of New York in 1847. He then visited France, and on his return studied law, and in 1849 was chosen professor in the New York institution for the deaf and dumb. He studied theology at Union theological seminary, but never preached, he was the author of text-books for mutes.--Another son, Dudley, physician, born in Hartford, Connecticut, 9 July, 1830; died in New York city, 18 April, 1862, was graduated at Yale in 1852, studied and practised medicine in New York, and became an instructor in the New York institution for deaf-mutes. He was the author of a "Manual of Inorganic Chemistry for Students" (New York, 1865), which was revised and enlarged by Isaac L. Peet (1868).
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