Who Were Wilbur and Orville?
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1859 - 1874
Katharine Wright
Katharine Wright
Katharine was 15 years old when her mother died of tuberculosis in 1889. As the only female child, it was simply taken for granted that she would assume her mother’s role of caring for the family and managing the household, which she did.
Katharine Wright (1874-1929)
Katharine Wright
(1874 - 1929)
Career Woman
Despite her new domestic responsibilities, Katharine continued to pursue her educational and career goals, things her parents encouraged for all their children. She excelled in high school and graduated from Oberlin College in 1898, the only Wright child to complete a full college course. She settled into a satisfying career as a teacher at a Dayton high school, while continuing to attend to her household duties.
Katharine Wright in Early Automobile
Katharine (center) out for a spin in an early automobile in 1903.

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“No family ever had a happier childhood than ours. I was always in a hurry to get home after I had been away half a day.”
--Katharine Wright
Wilbur, Orville and Katharine Wright
An unspoken Pact
In the mid-1890s, Wilbur, Orville, and their sister Katharine were in their twenties, the age young people of their time typically began to seriously contemplate marriage. Yet none of them showed any interest in finding a mate. They seemed bound by an unspoken agreement to remain together and let no one come between them.