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Frances Perry Gilchrist


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At a Glance

According to several sources, Fanny Gilchrist was given the privilege of choosing a new name for the town of Alligator, Florida, because her husband, James M. Baker, was a prominent politician and had long campaigned for a new name to make the town more attractive. She chose the name Lake City, which remains today.

She was Vice Regent for Florida of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union. She and her husband had six children, five of whom survived past childhood.

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Biographical Data

Frances was called Fannie or Fanny.

Important Dates

Frances Perry Gilchrist was born on July 21, 1838. She died on August 1, 1901, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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