Guyot, Henri Daniel

Guyot, Henri Daniel, a Belgian philanthropist, was born at Trois-Fontaines in 1753. He studied at Maestricht and in the University of Franeker, then became pastor of the Walloon Church, and afterwards professor of theology at Groningen. After filling the office for 28 years, he was deposed by the king of Holland, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, on some unfounded accusation. He subsequently devoted all his time to a deaf and dumb institution which he had founded in 1790. The first idea of this institution had entered his mind on witnessing a lesson of the abbe de l'Epee, at Paris, in 1785. By his process Guyot succeeded in making a number of his pupils talk. After the restoration of the Belgian kingdom, king William protected the institution. Guyot died Jan. 10, 1828. See Lulofs, Gedenkrede op H. D. Guyot (Groningen, 1828, 8vo); Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 22:950.

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