Mary Goodrich Jenson (1907-2004)
First female pilot in Connecticut and first female reporter for the Hartford Courant with a bylined column (Inducted 2000)
Mary Goodrich Jenson was a pioneer aviator and community activist. In 1927 at the age of 20, she became the first woman in Connecticut to earn a pilot’s license. In 1929, she became a founding member of the women’s pilot group called the Ninety-Nines after its ninety-nine charter members. She made history as the first woman to fly solo to Cuba. She was director of the Betsy Ross Corps, a group of female pilots organized to assist in national defense. She served on many community boards and committees in the Hartford area. Jenson lived at this home from the 1990s until her death in 2004. The residence is located at 45 Highland Street in Wethersfield.
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