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U.S. Lawmakers Look to Rename Atchison Post Office in Honor of Amelia Earhart

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts introduced the Amelia Earhart Post Office Act.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017 11:23 AM
Updated: Nov 1, 2017 11:25 AM

(ATCHISON, Kan.) Two congressional lawmakers are seeking to rename a post office in Atchison, Kansas after Amelia Earhart.


Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts introduced the Amelia Earhart Post Office Act.

The act would rename Earhart's hometown post office in her honor.

"Amelia Earhart was one of the great pioneers of our nation, whose story began at home in Atchison," said Senator Roberts. "She is an inspiration to all aviators and a role model to women around the world. Renaming this post office is one more way to honor her incredible legacy."

Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic.

She disappeared along with her navigator Fred Noonan in an attempt to fly around the world in 1937.

"Although she was tragically lost at sea while attempting a flight around the world, Amelia Earhart's legacy still soars today," said Congresswoman Jenkins. "Growing up in Kansas, Amelia Earhart's courageous actions inspired me, and many others, to dream big and accomplish lofty goals - such as becoming a Member of Congress. It is only right that we rename her hometown post office in her honor, to continue her legacy and inspire future generations."

Before Amelia Earhart became an aviation hero, she grew up in her family's home, called the Otis house after her grandfather, and lived there until the age of twelve.

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