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George William Veditz (August 13, 1861–March 12, 1937) was an American educator, filmmaker, and activist who served as the seventh president of the National Association of the Deaf. One of the very first people to film American Sign Language (ASL), Veditz’s 1913 film, "Preservation of the Sign Language," is part of the National Film Registry.


Veditz enrolled at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in 1875 when he was 14 years old. He then attended what is now Gallaudet University, and returned to MSD to teach for a few years before relocating to Colorado for the remainder of his life. 


MSD, founded in Frederick, Maryland in 1868, had a majestic main building that was demolished in 1967; the school preserved the cupola, which now is a gazebo on campus. On the tile also is the Maryland state flower, the Black-Eyed Susan. 


George Williams Veditz

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