The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers
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  • 1867-1889
  • 1890-1900
  • 1901-1910
  • * 1911-1929
  • 1932-1948
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    [Telegram from Katherine to Orville Wright. . .], Family Papers: Correspondence --Wright, Katharine, 1912-1918. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.




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    Wilbur Wright funeral - crowds outside 1st Presbyterian church, Dayton, 1912 June. George Grantham Bain Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. LC-USZ62-86251.




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    "It's Going to Get Us All!" Scrapbooks: December 1910-March 1914. The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.




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    "Wright Warns All Airmen Not to 'Infringe,'" 21 February 1914. Scrapbooks: December 1910-March 1914, The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.




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    [Letter, President Woodrow Wilson to Orville Wright, 29 January 1920]. General Correspondence: Wilson, Woodrow, 1920. Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
    1911
    March 12
    Wilbur leaves for Europe to testify in a French Wright patent suit in Paris and to train pilots in Germany.

    1912
    January-April
    Wilbur and Orville testify for patent infringement lawsuits.

    May 30
    Wilbur dies of typhoid fever in Dayton.

    1913
    February 10
    Orville and Katharine leave for Europe on business and return March 19.

    March 25-27
    Miami River floods and causes considerable damage to the Wright family home and property in Dayton. Wrights' collection of glass plate photographic negatives as well as early business and aviation records are damaged.

    1914
    January 13
    U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of New York rules in favor of the Wright Company in its suit against Herring-Curtiss Company and Glenn H. Curtiss.

    November 16
    Wright Company files a complaint against Curtiss Aeroplane Company for continuing to manufacture, use, and sell flying machines which infringe on Wright patent.

    1915
    April-May
    Orville involved in patent infringement lawsuits.

    August
    In its 1914 annual report, the Smithsonian Institution states that Samuel P. Langley's aerodrome was "the first aeroplane capable of sustained free flight with a man." This statement leads to the controversy between Orville and the Smithsonian Institution that is not resolved until 1942.

    October 15
    Orville sells his interest in the Wright Company but serves as consulting engineer.

    1916
    August 7
    Wright Company merges with Glenn L. Martin Company, becoming Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation. Orville serves as chief consultant engineer.

    1917
    Orville establishes Wright Aeronautical Laboratory in Dayton.

    April 3
    Bishop Milton Wright dies in Dayton.

    1920
    January 13
    Orville gives depositions for patent lawsuits.

    January 29
    President Wilson appoints Orville a member of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. He serves until his death in 1948.

    May 23
    Wilbur and Orville's brother Reuchlin Wright dies in Kansas City, Missouri.

    1921
    February 2
    Orville gives depositions for patent lawsuits.

    1925
    January 20
    Orville issued a patent for a mechanical toy. The toy is produced and sold by the Miami Specialty Wood Company in Dayton, of which Lorin Wright is president.

    May
    Orville and the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution publicly disagree over whether Samuel Langley's Aerodrome or the Wrights' airplane was the first capable of flight.

    1926
    November 20
    Katharine Wright marries Henry J. Haskell.

    1928
    January 31
    In response to the Smithsonian controversy, Orville ships the 1903 Wright airplane to the Science Museum in London, England, as a five-year loan.

    1929
    February 27
    Distinguished Flying Crosses awarded to Orville and Wilbur presented to Orville by Secretary of War Dwight F. Davis.

    March 3
    Katharine Wright Haskell dies of pneumonia in Kansas City.


  • 1867-1889
  • 1890-1900
  • 1901-1910
  • * 1911-1929
  • 1932-1948


  • The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers