1925 – Frances Bull Fairchild Dies

On this date Frances Bull Fairchild, wife of Governor Lucius Fairchild, died in Madison. Frances “Frank” Bull was born on November 14, 1845 in Detroit, Michigan. The daughter of General Charles Merriam Bull and Mary Cowles, Frances married Lucius, fourteen years her senior, on April 27, 1864 in Washington, D.C. Frances Fairchild gave birth to three daughters, all of whom lived to adulthood. Frances Bull Fairchild served as first lady of Wisconsin from 1866 to 1872. She enjoyed intellectual, philanthropic and women’s interests. Frances was an accomplished hostess and enjoyed the friendship of many notable individuals such as Thomas Edison, Alexander Bell, and Samuel L. Clemens. Frances Bull Fairchild outlived her husband by nearly 30 years. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage and is buried in the Fairchild plot at Forest Hill Cemetery, in Madison. [Source: by Nancy Greenwood Williams, p. 65]