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CHURCHMAN, William H., educator, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1818. He became a pupil of the Pennsylvania institution for the blind in 1836, and progressed so rapidly in his studies that he soon acquired a good knowledge of mathematics, and became proficient in music. In 1839 he began teaching music in Pennsylvania, and in 1840 was appointed an assistant teacher of music and other branches in the institution for the blind at Columbus, Ohio. In 1844 he became principal of the recently established Tennessee institution for the blind, but resigned after two years, in consequence of failing health. He was chosen superintendent of the Indiana institution for the blind at Indianapolis in 1847, and resigned in 1853, having greatly distinguished himself for the ability displayed in the discharge of his duties. In 1854 he established a young ladies' seminary at La Porte, Indiana, but, after it had been in successful operation a little over a year, the buildings were burned. Shortly afterward he was appointed superintendent of the Wisconsin institute for the blind at Janesville.
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