Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman (1864 - 1922)

Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman
1864 - 1922
updated September 18, 2020
Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman was born on May 5, 1864. She was born into the Cochran family and married into the Seaman family. She was born to Michael Cochran and Mary Jane Cochran. Elizabeth died on January 27, 1922 in New York at 57 years of age.

Nellie Bly, Journalist, Dies of Pneumonia

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Mrs. Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, known to thousands of people throughout the world as Nellie Bly, her nom de plume, died yesterday morning of pneumonia at the age of 57 in St. Mark's Hospital, to which she was removed a few days ago from her rooms in the Hotel McAlpin. Services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street. Friends may view the body today at the funeral parlors of Herbert H. Baxter, 597 Lexington Avenue.

Born at Cochrane's Mills, Pa., a town founded by her father, Judge Cochrane, Elizabeth Cochrane found herself penniless when still in her teens and began her journalistic career writing for a Pittsburgh paper at $5 a week. Later she reached a high water mark of $25,000 earned with her pen in one year.

She went down into the sea in a diving bell and up in the air in a balloon and lived in an insane asylum as a patient; but the feat that made her famous was her trip around the world in 1889. She was sent by The World to beat the mark of Phileas Fogg, Jules Verne's hero of "Around the World in Eighty Days," and she succeeded, making the tour in 72 days 6 hours 11 minutes. Every one who read newspapers followed her progress and she landed in New York a national character.

In 1895, she married Robert L. Seaman, forty years her senior, President of the American Steel Barrel Company and the Ironclad Manufacturing Company. They lived happily together at 15 West Thirty-Seventh Street, and on Mr. Seaman's death in 1910 she took entire charge of the properties. Luck turned against her, however, and a series of forgeries by her employees, disputes of various sorts, bankruptcy and a mass of vexations and costly litigations swallowed up Nellie Bly's fortune. Her courage and liveliness remained, however, and she returned to journalism with all her old spirit. At the time of her death she was a member of the staff of The New York Evening Journal.
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Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman
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Cochran
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Seaman, Cochran
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Nellie Bly
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Elizabeth Seaman died on in Manhattan County, New York United States
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Cochran's Mills, PA near Pittsburgh. Indiana, PA for private boarding school. Mexico for 6 months. New York City in Manhattan. House in Catskill, New York. Went around the World in 72 Days FOR REAL!

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Raised Presbyterian. Got married in The Little Church Around the Corner in Manhattan.

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Private School and Public Schools near Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Dispatch and other Newspapers in Pittsburgh and New York for Joseph Pulitzer.

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She had 3 brothers and a sister who pre-deceased her. I certainly never said she was an only child!

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In 1864, in the year that Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman was born, on April 22nd, the Coinage Act of 1864 was passed by Congress. It mandated that "In God We Trust" was to be placed on all United States coins and created a 2 cent coin. Later - in 1956 - "In God We Trust" replaced "E Pluribus Unum" - which means out of many, one - as the national motto.

In 1876, when she was only 12 years old, on August 1st, Colorado became the 38th U.S. state. Its nickname is the "Centennial State" because it was admitted just 28 days after the United States' centennial.

In 1893, when she was 29 years old, on March 4th, Grover Cleveland became the 24th President of the United States. On July 1st, President Cleveland was operated on for a non-cancerous tumor in his mouth. He chose to have the operation secretly because he didn't want to worsen the financial depression that was occurring at the time.

In 1905, by the time she was 41 years old, acclaimed dancer Isadora Duncan established the first school of modern dance in Berlin Germany. Isadora Duncan, born in San Francisco California, dedicated herself to the creation of beauty - through dance. Her focus on the movement of the human body rather than formal kinds of dance helped to give rise to the modern dance movement.

In 1922, in the year of Elizabeth Jane (Cochran) Seaman's passing, on December 6th, the Irish Free State, a self-governing dominion of the British Empire, was officially proclaimed. While establishing some independence for the people of Ireland, it did not create a fully independent Ireland and the fighting continued.

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c. 1866 - Jan 27, 1922
c. 1850 - Jul 21, 1925
c. 1844 - Jun 5, 1904
c. 1875 - Mar 30, 1944
c. 1857 - Dec 24, 1935
c. 1858 - Nov 13, 1923
c. 1912 - Jan 14, 1914
c. 1831 - Aug 10, 1907
c. 1834 - Mar 6, 1909

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c. 1853 - Nov 24, 1901
c. 1886 - Feb 21, 1913
c. 1877 - Dec 16, 1934
c. 1867 - Aug 12, 1939
c. 1887 - Mar 31, 1930
c. 1899 - Jun 28, 1943
c. 1823 - Apr 13, 1914
c. 1871 - Jul 28, 1908
c. 1817 - Jan 27, 1910
c. 1888 - May 24, 1925
c. 1828 - Apr 20, 1909
c. 1915 - Jun 4, 1916
c. 1841 - Mar 3, 1916
c. 1898 - May 1, 1911
c. 1863 - Dec 5, 1895
c. 1861 - Jan 18, 1932
c. 1882 - Apr 9, 1910
c. 1857 - Jul 10, 1938
c. 1887 - Jan 19, 1929
c. 1889 - Aug 6, 1932

Other Cochrans

c. 1820 - Jul 24, 1897
c. 1831 - Jul 5, 1906
c. 1866 - Sep 5, 1911
c. 1847 - Sep 14, 1907
c. 1885 - Jan 8, 1893
c. 1863 - Nov 5, 1901
c. 1832 - Apr 29, 1908
c. 1854 - Apr 2, 1919
c. 1892 - Aug 10, 1897
c. 1873 - Dec 24, 1928
c. 1862 - Jan 12, 1900
c. 1849 - Jul 10, 1904
c. 1890 - Oct 30, 1920
c. 1872 - Apr 12, 1934
c. 1888 - May 15, 1938
c. 1870 - Apr 25, 1911
c. 1861 - Nov 8, 1924
c. 1929 - Mar 31, 1941
c. 1876 - Mar 18, 1944
c. 1864 - Feb 24, 1918

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