Memorial:  Portrait photograph presented by the Gallaudet College Alumni Association, June 18, 1936; Draper Road on Campus

Amos Galusha Draper once was called “the ablest member of his class and one of the very ablest to ever graduate from Gallaudet College.” 

After Draper graduated from the American School for the Deaf in 1862, his family moved to Illinois, where he worked on a newspaper.  In 1868, Draper enrolled at Gallaudet College.  He graduated in 1872 and was appointed to the faculty as an instructor of mathematics and Latin. He also taught such subjects as plane and spherical geometry, trigonometry and the political history of the United States. 

He served for 40 years as secretary of the faculty. He was a close friend of Edward Miner Gallaudet, who chose his name as the middle name of his youngest son, Herbert Draper Gallaudet. 

Draper participated in George S. Veditz’s Preservation of American Sign Language Series. As part of this series, Draper appears in a video discussing his signing of the Charter of Gallaudet College, available through the Gallaudet University Video Library here: http://videocatalog.gallaudet.edu/?video=2519



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