- Tom D. Crouch
Wright, Wilbur (16 April 1867–30 May 1912), and Orville Wright (19 August 1871–30 January 1948), inventors of the airplane, were born, respectively, near Millville, Indiana, and in Dayton, Ohio, the sons of Milton Wright, a clergyman, and Susan Catherine Koerner. Their father, who rose from circuit preacher to bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, and their mother presided over a loving home where children were encouraged to think for themselves and support one another. “From the time we were little children,” Wilbur remarked just before his death, “my brother Orville and myself lived together, played together, worked together, and in fact, thought together… . nearly everything that was done in our lives has been the result of conversations, suggestions and discussions between us.”...