Writer, aviator. Born Anne Spencer Morrow, on June 22, 1906, in Englewood, New Jersey. Her father, Dwight W. Morrow, was a partner in the successful banking house of J.P. Morgan & Co. who became a Republican senator from New Jersey in the early 1930s. Her mother, Elizabeth Reeve Cutter Morrow, was a poet and teacher who later served as acting president of Smith College in 1939 and 1940. Anne attended the exclusive Miss Chapin’s School in Manhattan, where the Morrows had an apartment, before enrolling at Smith College in 1924.
Anne Morrow met Charles Lindbergh in December 1927, when she was a 21-year-old college senior. Arguably the most famous man in the world after completing the first-ever nonstop solo transatlantic flight on May 27 of that year, Lindbergh was visiting the Morrow home in Mexico City, where Dwight Morrow was serving as the American ambassador to Mexico. The couple soon fell in love, and married two years later, making headlines all over the world after a simple ceremony at the Morrows’ New Jersey home. Morrow Lindbergh, who had graduated from Smith in 1928, soon became a fixture at her husband’s side on his various journeys, including missions to Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean to conduct research for aviation companies. She obtained her own glider pilot’s license in 1930 (she was the first American woman to do so), and served as Lindbergh’s navigator, radio operator, and copilot on many of his trips, including one on which he broke the transatlantic speed record.
The Lindberghs’ first child, Charles Jr., was born in the summer of 1931. The happiness of motherhood was all too swiftly followed by tragedy: on March 1, 1932, the 20-month-old Charles Lindbergh was stolen from his crib in his bedroom in the family’s sprawling but isolated home in Hopewell, New Jersey. After weeks of negotiation with the kidnapper and an abortive delivery of $50,000 in ransom money, the body of the “Lindbergh baby” was found in the woods near the Lindbergh home on May 12; he had been killed shortly after the kidnapping. “The Crime of the Century,” including the subsequent arrest, trial, and conviction of the carpenter Bruno Richard Hauptmann, captivated the attention of the international media for the next several years.
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