Graham S. Newell

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Graham S. Newell
Member of the Vermont Senate
from the Caledonia Vermont Senate District district
In office
1948 – 1963[1]
Personal details
Born 1915
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Died 2008
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Political party Republican
Profession educator

Graham Stiles Newell (1915–2008) was a Republican member of the Vermont State Senate, who represented Caledonia County in the Vermont Senate. He had also been elected to the Vermont House, and was an educator.

Early life[edit]

Newell was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on November 27, 1915. After graduating St. Johnsbury Academy in 1933, he went on to study at Middlebury College and the University of Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938. He received a Master of Arts degree in Latin in 1949 from Chicago, and did further postgraduate studies in medieval Latin.

Public life[edit]

Newell was first elected to the Vermont House in 1952 where he served four non-consecutive terms. He was elected to the Vermont Senate for a total of eight consecutive terms In 1980, he retired from public life.

Governor Deane Davis appointed him to the Little Hoover Commission which reorganized the state government into agencies that largely still existed in 2008.

President John F. Kennedy appointed him to the National Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

He was a founding member of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union. He opposed the busing of Vermont parochial school children during his legislative years.


He taught Latin and other humanities classes at St. Johnsbury Academy from 1938 to 1947. He taught at the Hatch Preparatory School, Dexter, Maine from 1947-8. He taught at St. Johnsbury Junior High School 1957-8.

In 1959 he was appointed chairman of the social science department at Lyndon State College, a position he held until he retired as professor emeritus in 1979. He continued to teach there part-time until 1996. In 2011, there was a Graham Newell Chair in History at the college.[2]

He served on the New England Board of Higher Education from 1959 to 1965.

He resumed teaching Latin at St. Johnsbury Academy in 1982 until his death. He was preparing for his next classes until three days before he died.

Other positions[edit]


Commemorative Measures[edit]

Newell's life has been commemorated in the following ways:


  1. ^ Political Graveyard retrieved July 5, 2008
  2. ^ "In Honor of Graham Newell". Northeast Kingdom Civil War Roundtable: 3. December 2011. 
  3. ^ Mural
  4. ^ Graham Newell Education Grant
  5. ^ Newell Hall

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