Peary, Marie Ahnighito, 1893-1978

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Marie Ahnighito Peary was born in Northwest Greenland on September 12, 1893, to arctic explorer Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary and his wife, Josephine Diebitsch Peary, of Portland, Maine, and Washington, DC. Their daughter became known world-wide as the "Snow Baby," a name given to her by the Greenland natives who had never before seen a white baby. In 1909, when Marie was 16 years old, Admiral Peary became the first white man to lead a successful expedition to the North Pole. In 1917, Marie Peary married Edward Stafford, a Washington attorney and during the next three years they had two sons. In 1920, Peary Stafford's father died. In 1932, she set sail to the Arctic to erect a monument in honor of her father and to memorialize his accomplishments. Peary Stafford was also an important political figure: during World War II. She was part of the Danish-American Commission, which stabilized the dollar as well as established security for Denmark and Greenland. For her contributions to the Commission, Peary Stafford was awarded the Liberation Medal by the Danish government. In 1950, she was awarded the Henry B. Bryant medal for her contributions to geographical information. After both her husband and her mother died in 1955, Peary Stafford moved to Brunswick, Maine, and, in 1967, she married her second husband, William Kuhne, a retired seaman. Peary Stafford lived the remainder of her life in Brunswick until her death in 1978. Marie Peary Stafford was the author of five books and many articles, and held an honorary Master of Arts Degree from Bowdoin College. Marie Ahnighito Peary was born in Northwest Greenland on September 12, 1893, to arctic explorer Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary and his wife, Josephine Diebitsch Peary, of Portland, Maine, and Washington, DC. Their daughter became known world-wide as the "Snow Baby," a name given to her by the Greenland natives who had never before seen a white baby. In 1909, when Marie was 16 years old, Admiral Peary became the first white man to lead a successful expedition to the North Pole. In 1917, Marie Peary married Edward Stafford, a Washington attorney and during the next three years they had two sons. In 1920, Peary Stafford's father died. In 1932, she set sail to the Arctic to erect a monument in honor of her father and to memorialize his accomplishments. Peary Stafford was also an important political figure: during World War II. She was part of the Danish-American Commission, which stabilized the dollar as well as established security for Denmark and Greenland. For her contributions to the Commission, Peary Stafford was awarded the Liberation Medal by the Danish government. In 1950, she was awarded the Henry B. Bryant medal for her contributions to geographical information. After both her husband and her mother died in 1955, Peary Stafford moved to Brunswick, Maine, and, in 1967, she married her second husband, William Kuhne, a retired seaman. Peary Stafford lived the remainder of her life in Brunswick until her death in 1978. Marie Peary Stafford was the author of five books and many articles, and held an honorary Master of Arts Degree from Bowdoin College. Marie Ahnighito Peary died on April 16, 1978, in Brunswick, Maine.
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creatorOf Peary, Marie Ahnighito, 1893-1978. Letter, 1945 Feb. 12, Washington, D.C., to Prof. [W.H.] Hobbs [Ann Arbor]. University of Michigan
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Lectures and Manuscripts Received
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Marie Peary Kuhne's Lantern Slides Taken During The Peary Memorial Expedition to Greenland
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Peary Family Photographs
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Prints of Memorials and Ceremonies for Adm. Robert E. Peary
referencedIn Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Prints of Memorials and Ceremonies for Adm. Robert E. Peary
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Memorabilia
referencedIn Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Prints of Subjects Relating to Polar Expeditions of Adm. Robert E. Peary
referencedIn Campbell, Charles E., 1888-1985,. Charles E. Campbell photograph collection, 1935-1967. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Cartographic Materials
Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographs Relating to Peary's Arctic Expeditions
creatorOf Marie Ahnighito Peary Papers, 1893-1978 University of New England
creatorOf Peary, Marie Ahnighito, 1893-1978. Letter, 1937 Feb. 11, Washington, D.C., to Prof. [W.H.] Hobbs [Ann Arbor]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Portraits of Marie Peary Kuhne
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Biographical Materials
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Family Correspondence
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Robert E. Peary Family Collection. Photographs of Admiral Peary's Associates and Other Subjects
creatorOf Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920. Papers, 1889-1970. Rauner Special Collections Library
creatorOf Peary, Marie Ahnighito, 1893-1978. Letter to Miss Dowse, 1932 November 12. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographs Documenting Scenes and Activities in Greenland and Maine.
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Published Materials Relating to Science and Engineering
creatorOf Peary, Marie Ahnighito, 1893-1978. Inscription, to William Herbert Hobbs [1934?] University of Michigan
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Prints of Subjects Relating to Polar Expeditions of Adm. Robert E. Peary
referencedIn Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Prints and Negatives from Marie Peary Kuhne's Photograph Albums
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Prints and Negatives from Marie Peary Kuhne's Photograph Albums
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Published Materials Relating to Polar Explorations
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers. Society of Woman Geographers records, 1925-1998. Library of Congress
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. The Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographic Portraits of Marie Peary Kuhne
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers Records, 1910-1998 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Published Materials Relating to the Arctic
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Glass Negatives of Robert E. Peary, the Roosevelt and A Sledging Party
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Writings and Lectures
creatorOf National Archives Gift Collection of Materials Relating to Polar Regions. 1949 - 1978. Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photographs and Textual Materials Relating to Peary's Education, Career and Commendations
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. General Correspondence
creatorOf Marie Peary Kuhne Papers. 1900 - 1976. Autobiography of a Master Mariner
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Robert E. Peary Family Collection: Photomechanical Reproductions, Galley Proofs, and Photographic Prints Relating to Robert E. Peary's Arctic Explorations
creatorOf Peary, Marie Ahnighito, 1893-1978. Letter, 1935 July 2, South Harpswell, Maine, to Prof. [W.H.] Hobbs [Ann Arbor]. University of Michigan
creatorOf Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary Papers. 1798 - 1976. Photographs Relating to the Life and Career of Robert E. Peary
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associatedWith Campbell, Charles E., 1888-1985, person
associatedWith Dowse, Miss, person
associatedWith Effie M. Morrissey (Schooner) corporateBody
associatedWith Freuchen, Peter, 1886-1957. person
associatedWith Hobbs, William Herbert, 1864-1952. person
childOf Peary, Josephine Diebitsch person
childOf Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920. person
associatedWith Society of Woman Geographers. corporateBody
correspondedWith Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962 person
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Brunswick ME US
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