Nellie Bly

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Date of Birth May 5, 1864
Place of Birth Burrell, Pennsylvania
Date of Death Jan 27, 1922 (57)
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Nellie Bly

Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker who 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.

Born: Elizabeth Jane Cochran, May 05, 1864, Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania, US
Died: January 27, 1922, New York City, US
Occupation: Journalist, writer, inventor
Awards: National Women's Hall of Fame (1998)

About Nellie Bly

American journalist best known for her record-breaking trip around the world, inspired by author Jules Verne's book Around The World in 80 Days. She once faked insanity in order to do an investigative report on mental institutions.

Before Fame

Born Elizabeth Cochran, she only had enough money to attend one term of boarding school.


She is the protagonist of the 2014 novel The New Colossus, by Marshall Goldberg.

Family Life

She married Robert Seaman in 1895.


She met science-fiction author Jules Verne on her trip in France.

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