Harriet Quimby

Harriet Quimby (1875 - 1912)

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Harriet Quimby
Born in Arcadia, Michigan, USAmap
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[children unknown]
Died in Squantam, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Categories: American Notables | Aviators | Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.

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  • 1911 First WOMAN in the USA to gain a pilots license and one of the first in the world to do so[1][2][3]
  • received her pilots license without ever having an accident in the air[3]
  • FIRST WOMAN to fly across the English Channel[2]
  • Listed as "Most Underrated Aviatrix" in an article by Richard Reinhardt in May/June 2000[1]
  • d/o William Quimby & Ursula Cook
  • Was a journalist, theatre critic, screenwriter for DW Griffith, spokesperson for Vin Fiz
  • died in aviation accident at an unsanctioned ACA event in Boston. Her plane took a sharp nose dive and she and her passenger were thrown out of their seats. They both fell nearly 1000ft to their deaths.[2]
  • buried in Woodlawn Cemetery[2] but later moved to Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY[2][4]


There is no reason why the aeroplane should not open up a fruitful occupation for women. I see no reason they cannot realize handsome incomes.
~~HARRIET QUIMBY, "AVIATRIX" (in Early 20th century, "Let women fly!" The rise and rise of the "aviatrix." by Chris Wild)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Reinhardt, Richard. "Aviatrix." American Heritage Vol 51, Issue 3, May/June 2000. American Heritage.com (Web) accessed 31 Dec 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wikipedia: Harriet Quimby, accessed 31 Dec 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chakraborty, Deblina and Sarah Dowdey. "Four Flights of Female Aviators" Stuff You Missed in History Class (Podcast). 23 April 2012. HowStuffWorks.com. Web. 31 December 2016
  4. Find A Grave: Memorial #4020, accessed 31 Dec 2016
  • "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N47C-84G : 11 March 2018), William Quimby in entry for Harriet Quimby, 01 Jul 1912; citing Quincy,,Massachusetts, 40, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,399,102.

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