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Nellie Bly, circa 1920.
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Portrait of Nellie Bly Sitting in Chair

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

In 1895, Bly, now thirty, married seventy-year-old Robert Seaman, the owner of a company that produced household goods. Upon his death in 1904, Bly took over the company and introduced pay raises, health care, and recreational activities. In the 1910s, she again turned to reporting. During World War I, she covered the Russian front for the New York Evening Journal, pleaded with Americans to help European orphans and widows, and reported on the Paris Peace Conference.

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