Frances (Perkins) Wilson

Frances Coralie (Perkins) Wilson (1880 - 1965)

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Secretary Frances Coralie "Fannie" Wilson formerly Perkins
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 26 Sep 1913 in New York, New Yorkmap
[children unknown]
Died in New York, United Statesmap
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Frances (Perkins) Wilson is Notable.


Frances was the architect of Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal, she was the first female appointed to a President's Cabinet, and she was the Secretary of Labor.[1]

Born 10 Apr 1880 in Boston, Massachsuetts, as Fannie Coralie Perkins

Died 14 May 1965

Frances Perkins’ feast day in the Episcopal Church is May 13.


  • 1898 Graduated Worcester’s Classical High
  • 1902 Graduated Mount Holyoke College
  • 1904-1906 Taught in Chicago
  • 1905 Joined Episcopal Church
  • 1910 Received Master’s Degree, Columbia University
  • 1911 Witnessed Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in NYC
  • 1913 Married Paul Caldwell Wilson
  • 1916 Susanna Perkins Wilson born
  • 1933-1945 U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • 1946 Wrote "The Roosevelt I Knew"
  • 1952 Husband died
  • 1965 She died. Buried in Newcastle, Maine.



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