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JACOBS, John Adamson, educator, born in Leesburg, Virginia, 19 August, 1806; died in Danville, Kentucky, 27 November, 1869. He was taken by his parents in infancy to Kentucky, was left an orphan at thirteen years of age, and assisted by an uncle to obtain an education. He studied in Centre college, Kentucky, and at eighteen years of age was made superintendent and teacher of the deaf and dumb in the institution that had been recently established under state auspices in Danville. To fit himself for this service he spent eighteen months in the deaf-mute institution at Hartford, Connecticut Until 1854 he was allowed any profits that might accrue on the boarding department proceeds; but in that year he voluntarily gave it up, thus saving at the time $2,500 per annum to the state, he died after forty-five years of service in the institution. Mr. Jacobs published a manual of lessons for his pupils (1834), and "Primary Lessons for Deaf-Mutes," which received many commendations on both sides of the Atlantic (2 vols., 1859).--His nephew, John Adamson, educator, born in Cass county, Michigan, 6 November, 1839, was educated in Missouri, and removed to Danville, Kentucky, where, at twenty years of age, he was appointed assistant teacher in the deaf and dumb asylum. In 1862 he entered the National army, and served through the civil war, taking part in many campaigns and battles. In 1865 he resumed his position as teacher in the asylum, and in 1869, on the death of his uncle, he was unanimously chosen by the trustees to succeed him as superintendent of the institution.
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