1864 – Born on the 5th day of May this year in Cochran’s Mills, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, and forty miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
1880 – Her family moved to Pittsburgh.
1887 – She left the Pittsburgh Dispatch in this year for New York City.
1888 – She suggested to her editor at the New York World that she take trip around the world, mimicking Jules Verne’s book Around the World in Eighty Days.
1889 – She left New York on her 24,899-mile journey.
1890 – Arrived in New York. At the time this was a world record for circling the earth, though George Francis Train, who completed the journey in 67 days, bested it a few months later.
1894 – Married millionaire manufacturer Robert Seaman this year, which at 72 was forty-four years her senior.
1904 – Invented and patented the steel barrel that was the model for the 55-gallon drum still in widespread use in the United States. Her husband also died this year.
1922 – She died of pneumonia at St. Mark’s Hospital on 27th of January in New York City this year, at age 57.