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Frederick E. Humphreys: First Military Pilot

Photo of Frederick E. Humphries

In 1910, Humphreys resigned his commission to attend to the family business, the Humphreys Homeopathic Medicine Company, founded by his grandfather in 1853. Thereafter he served as an officer of the company, the last twelve years of his life as its president. He greatly expended its worldwide operations, particularly in South America.

Recuperating from pneumonia in Miami Beach, General Humphreys suffered a fatal heart attack on January 20th, 1941, at the age of 57. Myrtle Lee, his wife of 31 years was at his side. Writing in that year's annual report of the Association of Graduates, a West Point classmate said of him:

On the fiftieth anniversary of his historic flight, his widow joined the Commanding General of the US Army Engineer School and Fort Belvoir at the unveiling of a bronze plaque honoring him.

Thumbnail of 1919 Wright Military Flyer

First Flight

See “The Wright Flyer and its Possible Uses in War” by Lieutenant F. E. Humphreys, Corps of Engineers with an introduction by Dr. Richard P. Hallion.

 

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: December 9, 2008
URL: http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/articles/humphrey.htm

 
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