Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols was born on August 26, 1845 to Edward and Caroline Walker. In January of 1864, she married William Nichols, a printer's machinist. The couple had five children before the marriage broke up. William paid her a weekly allowance for a few years until rumors reached him that she was living with a man, then stopped. After that, she lived mostly in workhouses and boardinghouses, occasionally earning small amounts working as a prostitute. At one point, she moved in with her father, but soon moved out over a difference of opinion. She was known to be a heavy drinker and often intoxicated.This Day in History: On August 31, 1888, Polly Nichols was murdered in London. Having not lived a particularly exemplary life, what is it about her that makes history remember her?
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