Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, has had a lifelong interest in history and has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing and teaching history well.
From 1986 to 1993, she served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where she published American Memory, a report that warned about schools’ failure to transmit knowledge of the past to future generations.
Mrs. Cheney wrote, “A system of education that fails to foster memory of the past denies its students a great deal: the satisfactions of mature thought, an attachment to enduring concerns, a perspective on human existence.”
She is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where she emphasizes the importance of knowing our country’s history. “One of the most important lessons we can learn is that freedom is not always guaranteed,” she says. “This realization should make the liberty we have all the more valuable to us, and all the more worth defending.”
Lynne Cheney Daughter: Who Are Lynne Cheney Daughters?
Dick and Lynne Cheney have two daughters named Liz Cheney and Mary Cheney. Liz Cheney is a member of the United States House of Representatives.
Elizabeth Cheney was born in 1966. After graduating from high school, she attended Colorado College and earned a Bachelor’s degree. She continued her education and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with a doctorate.
Mary Cheney was born in Wisconsin on March 14, 1969. Dick Cheney’s second daughter, who served as Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 under George W. Bush.