Early Years

Originally named Fannie Coralie Perkins, Frances Perkins was born April 10, 1882 in Boston, MA. She spend most of childhood in Worcester and attended Worcester’s Classical High School. Her father was a partner in a stationary and supply store. He began to teach her Greek at age 8 and to read and appreciated classical literature. She was raised in a strict, conservative, religious, middle class family environment.


In 1902 she graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA and also served as president of her class. She majored in physics and had minors in chemistry and biology.

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