Biography

Lincoln Ellsworth was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 12, 1880, to James W. and Eva Frances (Butler) Ellsworth. His boyhood was spent in Hudson, Ohio, where he attended a preparatory school called Western

Reserve Academy. He studied engineering, surveying, and mining at Yale, Columbia, and McGill universities in preparation for a life in exploration. His books about his polar expeditions include Our Polar Flight (1925) and First Crossing of the Polar Sea (1927), both coauthored with Roald Amundsen. Later works included Search (1932), Exploring Today (1935), and Beyond Horizons (1938). He died in New York City on May 26, 1951, and is buried with his wife Mary Louise in the family plot in Hudson, Ohio.

P.J. Capelotti

Further Reading

Ellsworth, Lincoln, Air Pioneering in the Arctic, New York: National Americana Society, 1929

-The First Crossing of Antarctica, Washington: Offprint from the Smithsonian Report for 1937 (Publication 3463), 1938, pp. 307-321

-"My four antarctic expeditions." National Geographic

Magazine, LXXVI(1) (July 1939) Kershner, Howard Eldred (editor), The Ellsworth Family (in 2 volumes): Volume I, James William Ellsworth (His Life and Ancestry); Volume II, Lincoln Ellsworth (Explorer), New York: National Americana Society, 1930 and 1931 Olsen, Magnus L., Saga of the White Horizon, Lymington, Hampshire, UK: Nautical Publishing Company Limited, 1972

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