Born in Manchester, Maine, Samantha Smith is well remembered as America’s Youngest Ambassador.
During the Cold War era, 10-year-old Samantha recognized the rising tensions and fears of war. She asked her mother if the leader of the USSR, Yuri Andropov, wanted a war, which prompted her to write a letter to him.
It was not long before the letter became famous and she received an unexpected response. She was invited to visit the Soviet leader in the USSR that summer. This brave girl generate media coverage and started conversations all over the world. She promoted peace and helped the two countries work toward just that.
Sadly, Samantha was killed in a plane crash in 1985. A statue stands in remembrance of her and her mission of peace at the Maine State Museum.