Cora Crane

Adventuress of the Victorian Era
Born Jul 12, 1865

Cora Crane was a Victorian adventuress, the wife of Sir Captain Donald William Stewart, one of the key figures in the War of the Golden Stool of the Ashanti, an American writer, journalist, and brothel owner. She was also the common-law wife of the writer Stephen Crane until his death in 1900.… Read More

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  • Books Of The Times; Stephen Crane, Making Real A War He Never Fought
    NYTimes - Aug 18, 1998
  • Books Of The Times; How Stephen Crane Made His Life Imitate His Art
    NYTimes - Sep 02, 1992
  • Scribbling In Sussex
    NYTimes - Nov 23, 1986
  • Stephen Crane Papers Acquired By University
    NYTimes - Jul 27, 1985


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cora Crane.


1865 Birth Cora Ethel Eaton Howarth was born July 12, 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts to John Howarth, a portrait painter, and Elizabeth Holder.
1870 5 Years Old According to the 1870 United States Census, the family was living in San Francisco when she was five years old. … Read More
1874 9 Years Old She moved with him to England, where she cut a social swath after the fashion of fellow American Jennie Jerome, who had married Lord Randolph Churchill in 1874. … Read More


1896 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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. … Read More
1898 33 Years Old Cora Crane was notorious in society due to her status as Lady Stewart. She also became involved in a scandal in 1898–1899 involving the wife and mistress of American author and journalist Harold Frederic. … Read More
1901 36 Years Old In 1901 Cora returned to Jacksonville while much of downtown was still in ruins following the Great Fire. … Read More


1905 40 Years Old On June 1, 1905, Cora married Hammond P. McNeill. … Read More
1910 45 Years Old …  She returned to her house and died there on September 5, 1910, aged 45. … Read More
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