Wildes, Frank was born on June 17, 1843 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Solomon Lovell and Sophia (Rice) Wildes.
Appointed from Massachusetts, 1860. Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1863. Appointed ensign, May 28, 1863.
Appointed steam sloop Lackawanna, West Gulf squadron, June 15, 1863. Battle of Mobile and naval battery until surrender of Fort Morgan. Monitor Chickasaw during operations in Mobile Bay, March and April 1865, till occupation of Mobile.
After war on various duties and stations. Master, 1866; Lieutenant, 1867. Lieutenant commander, March 12, 1868.
Commander, April 1880. Captain, July 1894; in command of cruiser Boston, Asiatic station, since 1895. Took part in battle of Manila, May 1, 1898.
Captain of the yard, Navy Yard, New York, April 1, 1899. Rear admiral. Address: Navy Yard, New York.