Journalist, charity worker, writer, industrialist and inventor Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, who wrote under the pen name Nellie Bly.
By the time of this photo, 1890, she had already made her two best known accomplishments. First, in 1887, feigned insanity to get herself committed to a lunatic asylum, so she could investigate reports of brutality and neglect. Then, in 1888, she made a record-setting circumnavigation of the world, inspired by Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days“. She took only 72 days.
Original sepia photo.