Frances Whitmarsh Wile

WILE, Frances Whitmarsh. b. Bristol Centre, New York, 2 December 1878; d. Rochester, New York, 31 July 1939 (places and dates from Henry Wilder Foote, American Unitarian Hymn Writers and Hymns, compiled for the Hymn Society of America, Cambridge, Mass., 1959), She was an active member of the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, of which William Channing Gannett* was the pastor from 1889 to 1908. According to Ronander and Porter (1966, p. 349), ‘she was largely self-educated and spent most of her life in Rochester, where she engaged in civic affairs, championed women’s rights, and frequently contributed her poems to the local...

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