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Amelia Earhart and George Putnam Marriage Profile


Photo courtesy of George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers

Amelia Earhart and George Palmer Putnam at an event, probably an air race, circa 1930s.

Photo courtesy of George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers
Amelia Earhart made sure George Putnam knew her thoughts about marriage before they were married. Not only were they equals, but they also had common interests. Here is information on how Amelia and George met, their wedding, and more.

News Updates:

7/24/2012: The expedition put together by TIGHAR did not discover any obvious evidence of Earhart's presence on Nikumaroro.

6/04/2012: Researchers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), believe "Earhart and Noonan crashed on Nikumaroro Island in the western Pacific, where they radioed for help until the Lockheed Electra aircraft was swept away."
Source: Erica Ho. "Could New Clues Solve Amelia Earhart Disappearance?" Time.com. 6/04/2012.

3/02/2011: USA Today reported "Tests to determine if bone fragments found on a remote South Pacific island are the remains of Amelia Earhart are inconclusive, researchers announced Wednesday, dashing hopes they might help explain what happened to the famed aviator who disappeared in 1937 while trying to fly around the world."


Amelia Mary Earhart: July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas.

George Palmer Putnam: September 7, 1887 in Rye, New York.


Amelia: At the age of 39, Amelia Earhart was considered missing on July 2, 1937. George financed his own search for Amelia and navigator Fred Noonan until October 1937. Amelia was declared dead on January 5, 1939. There is still controversy surrounding her death.

George: January 4, 1950 in Trona, California at the age of 62. George died from kidney failure. His ashes were interred in Los Angeles, California in the Chapel of the Pines Crematory.

How George and Amelia Met:

Amelia met George in May 1928 when he interviewed her about the transatlantic flight on which she was scheduled to be a passenger. George later became the publicist for a book she wrote. George reportedly proposed marriage to Amelia several times before she said yes. One source writes that George proposed six times.

Wedding Date and Information:

Amelia and George were married at his mother's home in Noank, Connecticut at noon on February 7, 1931. Amelia was 32 years old and George was 42 years old when they married. A friend of the family, Probate Judge Arthur Anderson of Groton, Connecticut, performed the five minute wedding ceremony. The word "obey" was not included in their wedding vows.

The New York Times reported that "The only witnesses were Mrs. Frances Putnam, Mr. Putnam's mother; Charles Faulkner, his uncle; Robert Anderson, the judge's son, and twin black cats."

Amelia wore a brown suit with a light brown blouse, and brown shoes. Amelia's wedding ring was a plain platinum ring.

There was not much preparation for the wedding and there were no flowers.

Due to a previously scheduled cross-country tour, George and Amelia did not have a honeymoon.

Amelia kept her own name and believed in spouses sharing responsibilities equally.

Amelia Earhart's Prenup Is Remarkably Modern


Amelia and George did not have any children. George had two sons from his previous marriage.
  • David Binney Putnam: Born May 20, 1913 in Oregon. David was an explorer and writer. He died in 1992.
  • George Palmer Putnam Jr: Born May 9, 1921 in New York.

Common Interests:

George and Amelia both enjoyed fishing, travel, swimming, camping, hiking, tennis, golf, and hiking.


Amelia: Aviator, spokesperson, and author.

George: Book publisher, publicist, explorer, and author. George published two of Amelia's books, managed her public appearances and endorsements, and organized her flights.


George and Amelia had several homes: Rye, New York; a small hotel apartment in New York; and North Hollywood, California.

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