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Cora Ethel Eaton Crane (Howarth)

Also Known As: "pen name Imogene Carter", "Cora Taylor"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death: September 5, 1910 (45)
Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, USA
Place of Burial: Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Howarth and Elizabeth Howarth
Wife of Stephen Crane and Donald William Stewart
Ex-wife of Thomas Vinton Murphy and Hammond P. McNeill

Occupation: War correspondent and brothel owner
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Cora Crane

Cora Crane, born Cora Ethel Eaton Howarth (July 12, 1865 – September 5, 1910) was an American businesswoman, nightclub and bordello owner, writer and journalist. She is best known as the common-law wife of writer Stephen Crane from 1896 to his death in 1900, and took his name although they never married. She was still legally married to her second husband, Captain Donald William Stewart, a British military officer who had served in India and then as British Resident of the Gold Coast, where he was a key figure in the War of the Golden Stool (1900) between the British and the Ashanti Empire in present-day Ghana.

Crane accompanied Stephen Crane to Greece during the Greco-Turkish War (1897), becoming the first recognized woman war correspondent. After his death, she returned to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1901, where she developed several properties as bordellos, including the luxurious Palmetto Lodge at Pablo Beach; she had financial interests in bars and related venues. In this same period, she regularly contributed articles to such national magazines as Smart Set and Harper's Weekly.

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Birth: 1868 Boston Suffolk County

Massachusetts, USA Death: 1910 Jacksonville Duval County Florida, USA

War correspondent and brothel owner. Cora Stewart-Taylor-Crane was better known as the unconventional common law wife of writer Stephen Crane.

Cora, a well-born Bostonian who ran a elegant brothel house in Jacksonville, Fl called the 'Hotel de Dream'.

Cora and Stephen met in a Jacksonville, Fl brothel in 1896 while Stephen was on an expedition to Cuba in 1896 to report on the Spanish-American War. Crane narrowly escaped death when his ship sank. Cora nursed him back to health and later traveled with him to Greece, to cover the Greco-Turkish war for the New York press.

Cora was billed as the first female war correspondent, she wrote under the pen name Imogene Carter. After the war ended, the Cranes settled in England, where they socialized with literary luminaries including Conrad, James and Wells.

Following his death, Cora unsuccessfully attempted a literary career of her own and then opened another brothel in Jacksonville.

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery Jacksonville Duval County Florida, USA Plot: Section CW Lot N1/2 132

Created by: ahley Record added: Feb 09, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 13281093

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Cora Crane's Timeline

July 12, 1865
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
September 5, 1910
Age 45
Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, USA
Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, USA