Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh (June 22, 1906 - February 7, 2001) was an author and pioneering American aviator.
She gained global attention by marrying famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, on May 27, 1929, and by the kidnapping and murder of their first born son, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III in 1932. In 1929, she flew her first solo, and in 1930 was the first American woman to earn a glider pilot's license. She and her husband explored and charted air-routes between continents in the 1930s. Charles Lindbergh was the first pilot to fly non-stop transatlantic from New York City to Paris, in 1927. Together, they were the first to fly from Africa to South America, and explored polar air routes from North America to Asia and Europe.
She wrote many books, such as Gift from the Sea in 1955, and many based on her expereinces and diaries as an aviator, a mother and a wife.
Anne was born in Englewood, New Jersey, to Dwight W. Morrow and Elisabeth Cutter Morrow. She was the product of forward looking and powerful parents, that helped develop her writing and technical talents.
Her mother was active in the advancement of women's education, serving on the board of trustees of Smith College and briefly as Acting President of Smith College. Anne Morrow graduated from Smith in May, 1928, receiving two literary awards.
Her father was a lawyer, a partner at J.P. Morgan Bank, United States Ambassador to Mexico, and then Senator from New Jersey. Her father's posting as Ambassador to Mexico, and his prior role heading the Aviation Board, sparked invitation of the new aviation hero, Charles A. Lindbergh, to make a goodwill tour of Mexico, where Anne and Charles first met.
The media attention, particularly after the kidnapping, was a level of frenzy that can only be compared to the O. J. Simpson trial. After the trial of the kidnapper, the Lindberghs left for Europe. Europe provided the setting for the Lindberghs' fall from grace, he for his isolationist views, and she for thoroughly supporting him. In the late 1930s, the US Air Attache in Berlin invited Charles Lindbergh to inspect the rising power of Nazi Germany's Air Force. Impressed by German technology and apparent number of planes, as well as influenced by the staggering number of deaths from World War I, Charles Linbergh opposed the US entry into the coming World War II.
The Isolationist Movement quickly adopted Charles Lindbergh as their leader, but after Pearl Harbor and the German Declaration of War, the movement was quickly stung by previously articulated isolationist, pro-German, anti-British and anti-semitic feelings.
During the Post World War II era, Anne Lindbergh and her husband wrote books, and restablished some of the stature lost during the eve of World War II.