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Nellie BLY

American Nellie BLY

born Elizabeth Jane COCHRAN

American journalist, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days

Source :  Mary CUMMINS

Born: on May 05, 1864 in Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: on January 27, 1922 in Manhattan, New York, United States


Nellie Bly was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism.

Elizabeth Jane Cochran was born May 5, 1864, in "Cochran's Mills", now part of the Pittsburgh suburb of Burrell Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Her father, Michael Cochran, born about 1810, started out as a laborer and mill worker before buying the local mill and most of the land surrounding his family farmhouse. He later became a merchant, postmaster, and associate justice at Cochran's Mills (which was named after him) in Pennsylvania. Michael married twice. He had 10 children with his first wife, Catherine Murphy, and 5 more children, including Elizabeth, with his second wife, Mary Jane Kennedy. Michael Cochran's father had immigrated from County Londonderry, Ireland, in the 1790s. He died in 1870 or 1871.

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