Frances Perkins

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Frances Coralie "Fannie" Perkins (1882-04-101965-05-14) was U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945. She was the first female Cabinet member.


  • The quality of his being one with his people, of having no artificial or natural barriers between him and them, made it possible for him to be a leader without ever being or thinking of being a dictator.
    • The Roosevelt I Knew (1946) , ch. 17
  • He didn’t like concentrated responsibility. Agreement with other people who he thought were good, right minded, and trying to do the right thing by the world was almost as necessary to him as air to breathe.
    • The Roosevelt I Knew (1946), ch. 12


  • But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on. No one had any measure of its progress: no one had any plan for stopping it. Everyone tried to get out of the way.
    • Sec IV, Ibid. (of what? The Roosevelt I Knew?)

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