Mary Burlingame Peck came from an old Rhode Island family with
roots in the 17th century. Her husband, Frederick Stanhope Peck,
was one of Rhode Island's wealthiest men. He was involved in textile
manufacture, coal and oil supply, and stock-and-bond dealing, and
headed the state's Republican Party. Mrs. Peck, like most society
women of her time, did not work for pay outside the home, but took
part in many volunteer activities, such as co-chairing the planning
committee for the ball to benefit the Homeopathic Hospital in 1930.