While I’m not writing about Mrs Crane, per se, she wlll be mentioned…

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March is National Women’s History Month, with this year’s emphasis on celebrating women in science and technology. I’d like to draw attention to a very controversial and colorful woman: the nation’s first war correspondent: Cora Crane, a true rebel of her time.

Born in Boston in 1865, the young Cora enjoyed all the amenities of a well-educated Bostonian. She had the habit of either marrying men who were successful or had been born to money. Her first husband, a federal collector for the Port of New York, was a gunrunner and gambling-house operator. She married husband number two, Captain Donald William Stewart, the son of Sir Donald Martin, the Commander in Chief of India for Queen Victoria, and set up house in England and partied in London. When the Captain had been promoted to command operations in the War of the Golden Stool (don’t you love the name), his…

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