Charles A. Lindbergh (Dictionary of World Biography: Twentieth Century)
Article abstract: Lindbergh’s historic New York to Paris solo flight in 1927 was a turning point in aviation history, and he continued to play a major role in both civil and military aviation throughout his life.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan, the only son of Swedish-born Charles August Lindbergh (not Augustus as sometimes incorrectly cited), a Minnesota congressman, and Evangeline Lodge Land Lindbergh, a Michigan native and chemistry teacher of English-Scotch ancestry. The elder Lindbergh, a Little Falls, Minnesota, lawyer and businessman, served as a Progressive Republican in the United States House of Representatives from 1907 to 1917, where his reform interests included such issues as banking and currency, the Midwestern farmer, and the European war. Charles August and Evangeline Lindbergh were estranged early in their marriage, but young Lindbergh regularly spent time with both parents, thus living primarily in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. The elder Lindbergh had remarried after his first wife’s death and young Lindbergh had two half sisters, Lillian and Eva. In his early years, Lindbergh showed his mechanical and scientific bent when, for example, he visited the laboratory of his grandfather Charles Land (a dentist and researcher) in Michigan, and when he drove the car in his father’s 1916 campaign for the United States Senate. He was graduated from...
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