Perkins, Frances

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Perkins, Frances Gender: F
Fannie Coralie Perkins
born on 10 April 1880
Place Boston, Massachusetts, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone LMT m71w04 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Drew
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Frances Perkins


American writer and government official, the first woman member of a presidential cabinet, serving as Secretary of Labor for President F.D. Roosevelt for 12 years beginning in 1932. She was one of the brains behind the New Deal and the US Social Security program. Her books include, "Women as Employers," 1919 and "The Roosevelt I Knew," 1946.

She married Paul Wilson in 1913 and they had a daughter Susanna born in 1916. He reportedly suffered from mental illness, probably bipolar and she was the major breadwinner in the family.

Perkins died on May 14, 1965. She was posthumously installed in the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1982.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1913
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1916 (Birth of daughter)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1919 (First book published)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1932 (Secretary of Labor)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 14 May 1965 (Age 83)
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  • Work : Prize 1982 (National Women's Hall of Fame (posthumous award))

Source Notes

Original entry source notes cited, "M.M. Drew" for a birth date of April 10, 1882 at 5:20 AM in Boston, MA." The entry carried a Rodden Rating of "C" (original source not known." In January 2011, Judith Antonelli writes: "Kirsten Downey, author of THE WOMAN BEHIND THE NEW DEAL (Doubleday, 2009), gives her birth name as Fannie Coralie Perkins (which was later changed to "Frances"; there's no "Mary" anywhere) and her birth date as April 10, 1880. (No time, or even what part of the day, is given.) On p. 105 Downey states: "Frances had also reinvented her age, making herself two years younger. In the mid-1920s, Frances reported her birth year as 1882, two years later than the 1880 that had always appeared in her records before. Whether it was female vanity or unusually bad arithmetic remains unclear. The age adjustment made her the same age as Franklin [Roosevelt], rather than two years older, and put them on a more equal footing." [end of Antonelli's citation]. PT notes that the Frances Perkins Center gives April 10, 1880 as the birth date so it is assumed to be "official."

Sy Scholfield quotes from Frances Perkins, that woman in FDR's cabinet! by Lillian Holmen Mohr (North River Press, 1979), p. 7: "On April 10, 1880, a child named Fannie Coralie Perkins was born to Fred W. and Susie E. Perkins in Boston, according to a certified copy of the birth certificate from the city registrar of Boston."

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  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Cabinet member)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Other Famous (First women in Presidential Cabinet)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women