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Nellie Bly
Original name: Elizabeth Cochrane
Birth: May 5, 1864
Cochrans Mills
Pennsylvania
Death: Jan. 27, 1922

Reporter. Extraordinary pioneer of investigative journalism. Her vagabond  career with the Pittsburgh Dispatch was the first of many papers and magazines which gave her employment in her lifetime. Elizabeth took a pen name from Stephen Foster's song "Nellie Bly". She exposed abuses in politics, employment and dereliction of duty in hospitals and prisons. She feigned insanity to get herself committed to an asylum to be able to get the "inside story." By pre-arrangement, friends won her release after ten days and her articles on treatment of institutionalized mentally ill.   After a storied career, Nellie married a man 40 years her senior and retired from journalism. Robert Livingston Seaman was a millionaire industrialist. After a ten year marriage, he died and she took to managing his manufacturing company.   Her ineptness soon resulted in complete bankruptcy for The Iron Clad Manufacturing Company. In 1914, Nellie sailed for England to escape her financial problems and with the outbreak of World War I, became the first woman to report the war news direct from the front. She returned home and briefly picked up her journalism career. She died a complete destitute. In 1978, the New York Press Club formally recognized Nellie's leading role in the profession and erected a monument on her unmarked grave in Woodlawn Cemetery.  (bio by: Paul S.) 
 
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  Samuel Broadbent Head (1904 - 1941)*
 
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Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
 
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