The importance of family was central to the
Wright brothers’ lives and a powerful influence in everything
they did. Their father, Milton, was a strong and respected
figure in the Wright household. He and his wife, Susan, imbued
their children with their core values, which guided Wilbur
and Orville’s attitudes and actions.
The Wrights’ parents taught their children that the
world was an unfriendly place; unscrupulous persons lay
in wait and temptations beckoned. They were convinced that
the strength of family bonds offered the only real support
in life. Their mutual support enabled the family to weather
all manner of crises.
Milton and Susan Wright had seven children, including a
set of twins named Otis and Ida, who were born between Wilbur
and Orville and died in infancy.