46 Facts About Marjory Stoneman Douglas

1. Marjory Stoneman Douglas appears as a major supporting character in the 2014 point and click adventure A Golden Wake.

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2. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's would give these wonderful, curmudgeonly speeches to which there was no response.

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3. Marjory Stoneman Douglas died at the age of 108 on May 14, 1998.

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4. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was posthumously inducted into the National Wildlife Federation Hall of Fame in 1999, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2000.

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5. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's told a friend she would have rather seen the Everglades restored than her name on a building.

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6. Marjory Stoneman Douglas began accruing honors in her early days writing for The Miami Herald.

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7. Marjory Stoneman Douglas never learned to drive and never owned a car.

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8. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's enjoyed drinking Scotch and sherry; as friend and neighbor Helen Muir remembered her, "Marjory Stoneman Douglas's would come up and have a sherry, and then I would walk her home, and then she'd walk me back, and we would have another sherry.

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9. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's was known for speaking in perfect, precise paragraphs, and was respected for her dedication and knowledge of her subjects; even her critics admitted her authority on the Everglades.

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10. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's connected these lapses to her mother's insanity.

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11. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's wrote that his wife was a friend of Harriet Beecher Stowe, and had provided Stowe with the story of Eliza in Uncle Tom's Cabin fleeing slavery because Douglas' great-great-aunt took care of Eliza and her infant after their escape.

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12. Marjory Stoneman Douglas tied her agnosticism to her unanswered prayers when her mother was dying.

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13. Marjory Stoneman Douglas co-founded the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Libraries with her longtime friend Helen Muir, and served as its first president.

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14. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's wrote to Governor Bob Graham in 1985 to encourage him to assess the conditions the migrant workers endured.

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15. Marjory Stoneman Douglas served as a charter member of the first American Civil Liberties Union chapter organized in the South in the 1950s.

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16. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's opposed the drainage of a suburb in Dade County named East Everglades.

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17. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's reminded us all of our responsibility to nature and I don't remember what else.

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18. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was giving a speech addressing the harmful practices of the Army Corps of Engineers when the colonel in attendance dropped his pen on the floor.

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19. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's compared Florida sugarcane agriculture to sugarcane grown in the West Indies, which, she claimed, was more environmentally sound, had a longer harvest cycle less harmful to soil nutrients, and was less expensive for consumers due to the higher sugar content.

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20. Marjory Stoneman Douglas continued her activism and focused her efforts on restoring the Everglades after declaring that "Conservation is a dead word.

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21. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's toured the state giving "hundreds of ringing denunciations" of the airport project, and increased membership of Friends of the Everglades to 3,000 within three years.

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22. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's justified her involvement saying, "It is a woman's business to be interested in the environment.

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23. In 1948 Marjory Stoneman 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.

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24. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was not impressed with the reception the group got from the Florida Legislature.

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25. Marjory Stoneman Douglas characterized the Everglades as an ecosystem surrounding a river worthy of protection, inescapably connected to South Florida's people and cultures.

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26. Marjory Stoneman Douglas spent time with geologist Garald Parker, who discovered that South Florida's sole freshwater source was the Biscayne Aquifer, and it was filled by the Everglades.

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27. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's spent five years researching what little was known about the ecology and history of the Everglades and South Florida.

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28. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's wrote four novels, and several nonfiction books on regional topics including Florida birdwatching and David Fairchild, a biologist who imagined a botanical park in Miami.

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29. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's released her first novel, Road to the Sun, in 1952.

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30. Marjory Stoneman 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.

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31. Marjory Stoneman 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.

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32. Marjory Stoneman Douglas became involved with the Miami Theater, and wrote some one-act plays that were fashionable in the 1930s.

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33. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's called the garden "one of the greatest achievements for the entire area".

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34. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's wrote supporting women's suffrage, civil rights, and better sanitation while opposing Prohibition and foreign trade tariffs.

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35. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's amassed a devoted readership and attempted to begin each column with a poem.

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36. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's gained some renown for her daily column, "The Galley", becoming something of a local celebrity.

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37. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was given an assignment in 1916 to write a story on the first woman from Miami to join the US Naval Reserve.

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38. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's developed a rivalry with an editor at The Miami Metropolis whose greater familiarity with Miami history gave her cause to make fun of Douglas in writing.

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39. Marjory Stoneman Douglas passionately opposed the governor of Florida, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, and his attempts to drain the Everglades.

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40. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's was elected Class Orator, but was unable to fulfill the office since she was already involved in other activities.

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41. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's found particular success in a class on elocution, and joined the first suffrage club with six of her classmates.

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42. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's was a straight-A student at Wellesley College, graduating with a BA in English in 1912.

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43. Marjory Stoneman Douglas left for college in 1908, despite grave misgivings about her mother's mental state.

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44. Marjory Stoneman Douglas's credited her tenuous upbringing with making her "a skeptic and a dissenter" for the rest of her life.

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45. Marjory Stoneman Douglas lived to 108, working until nearly the end of her life for Everglades restoration.

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46. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, author, women's suffrage advocate, and conservationist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development.

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