Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Born Apr 7, 1890

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, writer, feminist, and environmentalist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development. Moving to Miami as a young woman to work for The Miami Herald, Douglas became a freelance writer, producing over a hundred short stories that were published in popular magazines.… Read More

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1890 Birth Born on April 7, 1890.


1907 17 Years Old In 1907, she was awarded a prize from the Boston Herald for a story titled "An Early Morning Paddle", about a boy who watches a sunrise from a canoe. … Read More
1908 18 Years Old Marjory left for college in 1908, despite having grave misgivings about her mother's mental state. … Read More


1912 22 Years Old She attended Wellesley College, graduating with a BA in English in 1912. … Read More
1914 24 Years Old After drifting with college friends through a few jobs for which she did not feel she was well-suited, Marjory Stoneman met Kenneth Douglas in 1914. … Read More
1915 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In the fall of 1915, Marjory Stoneman Douglas left New England to be reunited with her father, whom she had not seen since her parents' separation when she was six years old. … Read More
1916 26 Years Old Douglas was given an assignment in 1916 to write a story on the first woman to join the US Naval Reserve from Miami. … Read More


1920 30 Years Old …  From 1920 to 1990, Douglas published 109 fiction articles and stories. … Read More


1930 40 Years Old The people and animals of the Everglades served as subjects for some of her earliest writings. "Plumes", originally published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1930, was based on the murder of Guy Bradley, an Audubon Society game warden, by poachers. "Wings" was a nonfiction story, also first appearing in the Post in 1931, that addressed the slaughter of Everglades wading birds for their feathers. … Read More


1941 51 Years Old Douglas wrote the foreword to the Work Projects Administration's guide to Miami and environs, published in 1941 as part of the Federal Writers' Project's American Guide Series.
1942 52 Years Old Douglas served as the book review editor of The Miami Herald from 1942 to 1949, and as editor for the University of Miami Press from 1960 to 1963. … Read More
1948 58 Years Old …  In 1948 Douglas served on the Coconut Grove Slum Clearance Committee, with a friend of hers named Elizabeth Virrick, who was horrified to learn that no running water or sewers were connected to the racially segregated part of Coconut Grove. … Read More


1969 - 1986 5 More Events
1991 101 Years Old Despite blindness and diminished hearing, Douglas continued to be active into her second century, and was honored with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II, to whom Douglas gave a signed copy of The Everglades: River of Grass in 1991. … Read More
1992 102 Years Old …  She told Klinkenberg in 1992, frankly, that she had not had sex since her divorce, saying "I wasn't a wild woman".
1993 103 Years Old In 1993, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to a civilian. … Read More
1995 105 Years Old …  She wrote all of her major books and stories in the cottage, and the City of Miami designated it an historic site in 1995, not only for its famous owner but also for its unique Masonry Vernacular architecture. … Read More
1997 107 Years Old …  The Christian Science Monitor wrote of it in 1997, "Today her book is not only a classic of environmental literature, it also reads like a blueprint for what conservationists are hailing as the most extensive environmental restoration project ever undertaken anywhere in the world". … Read More
1998 108 Years Old 1 More Event
Marjory Stoneman Douglas died at the age of 108 on May 14, 1998. … Read More
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