Fanny Bullock Workman (Dictionary of World Biography: The 19th Century)
Article abstract: A tireless explorer and geographer, writer, accomplished linguist, feminist, and suffragist, Fanny Bullock Workman set international mountain-climbing records for women. Her enormous contribution to the body of geographical knowledge was acknowledged by numerous geographical societies around the world.
Fanny Bullock was born into a wealthy family in Worcester, Massachusetts, on January 8, 1859. Her mother was Elvira Hazard Bullock. Fanny’s maternal grandfather was Augustus George Hazard, a merchant and gunpowder manufacturer based in Connecticut, where he built up the family fortune. Fanny’s father, Alexander Hamilton Bullock, was a politician who served as the Republican governor of Massachusetts from 1866 to 1868. Fanny had an older sister and brother. Her early education came from private tutors. After completing Miss Graham’s Finishing School in New York, she spent two years in Dresden and Paris, where she became fluent in German and French. She returned to Massachusetts when she was twenty. At the age of twenty-two, on June 16, 1881, Fanny was married to William Hunter Workman, a physician. He was twelve years older than she was, had done his postgraduate studies in Munich, and had already traveled extensively in Europe. They had one daughter, Rachel, in 1884. Fanny began hiking with her husband in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was there that she climbed her first...
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