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Frances Perkins: First Woman Cabinet member

80 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt notified the U.S. Senate on March 4, 1933, that he had nominated Frances Perkins of New York to be Secretary of Labor.  A lifelong labor reformer, she rose to prominence following the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. She was confirmed as Secretary of Labor and became the first woman appointed to a Cabinet position. She was the longest serving Labor secretary, serving for 12 years between 1933 and 1945. She was also the first woman to enter the Presidential Line of Succession.

Keep reading at Prologue: A Factory Fire and Frances Perkins

Johnny: What’s your real name, Baby? 
Baby: Frances. For the first woman in the Cabinet. 

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At 79 years old, Forest Delano Roosevelt Ferguson did not remember what he wrote to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at age eight. But his daughter thought there might be a way to find out.

With Dad unable to recollect exactly what he wrote to the President, the mystery rooted in me and started sprouting. What if I could find that letter after all these years?

During an Internet search, a website for the FDR Library and Museum appeared. “The perfect starting point,” I celebrated. “They have archives! I wonder if … oh, probably not. But maybe. Worth a try.”

I sent an email to the archival contact listed on the web site and waited. Within a week and a half, my inbox had a message waiting for me. I opened “Response From FDR Library Inquiry” and read the first paragraph.

For the full story—and a surprise find—go today’s Pieces of History Blog.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigns in Hyde Park, NY.  8/9/20
In 1920, FDR unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidacy.  The men who worked with him on the campaign became his close associates, and would later become known as the Cuff Link Gang.  
 FDR gave each of the men a set of cuff links, one with the person’s initials, and the other with FDR’s. This club then met annually throughout Roosevelt’s life around the time of his birthday, and the parties usually were themed in some way. Other members were added to the club in later years through Roosevelt’s traditional giving of a set of links. Read More
-from the FDR Library

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Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigns in Hyde Park, NY.  8/9/20

In 1920, FDR unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidacy.  The men who worked with him on the campaign became his close associates, and would later become known as the Cuff Link Gang. 

FDR gave each of the men a set of cuff links, one with the person’s initials, and the other with FDR’s. This club then met annually throughout Roosevelt’s life around the time of his birthday, and the parties usually were themed in some way. Other members were added to the club in later years through Roosevelt’s traditional giving of a set of links. Read More

-from the FDR Library