Katherine G. Howard

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Katherine Graham Howard
Born (1898-09-30)September 30, 1898
Guyton, Georgia
Died January 26, 1986(1986-01-26) (aged 87)
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Residence Kemp Place
Education Salem Academy
Alma mater Smith College
Known for Secretary of the Republican National Committee
Spouse(s) Charles P. Howard
(m. 1921; his death 1966)
Parent(s) Joseph L. Graham
Margaret Nowell Graham
Relatives John Stephens Graham (brother)

Katherine Graham Howard (September 30, 1898 – January 26, 1986) was a graduate of Smith College with a bachelor's degree in politics and government. During the Eisenhower administration she served in the Federal Civil Defense Administration, U.S. delegate to NATO committee on civil defense, and Deputy U.S. Commissioner General to the Brussels World Fair. She was the daughter of artist Margaret Nowell Graham and Joseph L. Graham, a director at R.J. Reynolds. Her brother was John Stephens Graham.

Early life[edit]

Katherine Graham was born in Guyton, Georgia and grew up there and in North Carolina. She was the daughter of American artist Margaret Nowell Graham and Joseph L. Graham, who was Chairman of the Board of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the early 1900s.[1] Howard attended Salem Academy, majored in fine arts at Salem College in North Carolina, and obtained her bachelor's degree in politics and government at Smith College in Massachusetts.[2][3] She was the elder sister of John Stephens Graham and a cousin of Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell.[4]



In 1938, Howard served as director of the Women's Republican Club of Massachusetts and then was made president until 1945. She was an Alternate Delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention in 1944, and from 1945 to 1953 she was a Massachusetts Republican National Committeewoman. For the 1948 Republican National Convention, Howard was a Massachusetts Delegate-at-Large. From 1948 until 1953, she was Secretary of the Republican National Committee and in 1952 was the Secretary of the Republican National Convention. She participated in Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1952 election campaign as a member of his Campaign Policy and Strategy Committee.[3][5] During this period of increasing political involvement, Howard developed lasting relationships with many leading Republicans, most notably Leverett Saltonstall and Sinclair Weeks from Massachusetts.[citation needed]

Eisenhower administration[edit]

In 1953, Howard, a dedicated Republican, began her public service career in the Eisenhower administration working in the Federal Civil Defense Administration until 1957.[6][7] She was a United States delegate to the NATO committee on civil defense from 1953 to 1956. From 1957 to 1958, she was Deputy U.S. Commissioner General to the Brussels World Fair (1957–58).[7][8]

Throughout the political campaigns and service in the Eisenhower Administration, she advocated a larger role for women in politics and government.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Kemp Place in Reading, MA

On September 15, 1921 in Forsyth County, North Carolina, she married Charles Paglesen Howard (1887-1966),[9][3] a Harvard University lawyer, but without the approval of her father, who for a short period of time disinherited her.[10][11] Howard, an attorney, maintained a Boston Law practice and served in public service posts, including State Senator, Massachusetts State Commissioner of Administration and Finance (1928–1938), and Commissioner for Banks. In World War I and in World War II he served overseas in the Army.[12] Howard's father was Dr. Herbert B. Howard, the former general director of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the founding general director of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, now the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston.[13] Their home in Reading, MA, the former Kemp Place is on the National Register of Historic Places.[14] Together they had two children:

  • Margaret Howard Haskell (d. 2000)[15] who married Dayton Ball[13]
  • Herbert Graham Howard (1930-2000)[16]

Howard died on January 26, 1986 at the age of 87.[17]


  1. ^ Katherine G. Howard. With My Shoes Off. New York. Vantage Press. 1977. pg. 1-2, 19, 37, 40. ISBN 0-533-02950-3
  2. ^ Katherine G. Howard. With My Shoes Off. New York. Vantage Press. 1977. pg. 4-10. ISBN 0-533-02950-3
  3. ^ a b c  This article incorporates public domain material from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library document "HOWARD, KATHERINE G.: Papers 1917-1974".
  4. ^ Darden Asbury Pyron (1 October 1992). Southern Daughter: The Life of Margaret Mitchell. HarperPerennial. p. 653. ISBN 978-0-06-097501-2. 
  5. ^ Howard, Katherine Graham, 1898- . Papers, 1941-1979. Online Archival Search Information System (OASIS), Harvard Library. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  6. ^ Federal Records Division, National Archives and Records Administration. United States Government Organization Manual, 1953–1954. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office. 1953 -1954. p. 352
  7. ^ a b Papers of Katherine Howard, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
  8. ^ Civil Defense Begins at Home: Militarization Meets Everyday Life in the Fifties, by Laura McEnaney, Princeton University Press, 2000
  9. ^ "Charles Pagelsen Howard". findagrave.com. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Katherine G. Howard. With My Shoes Off. New York. Vantage Press. 1977. pg. 18. ISBN 0-533-02950-3
  11. ^ Laura McEnaney (1996). Civil defense begins at home: domestic political culture in the making of the Cold War. University of Wisconsin--Madison. p. 308. 
  12. ^ The War Record of the Fifth Company, New England Regiment. Cambridge. Harvard University Press. 1922. pg. 29
  13. ^ a b Staff (September 21, 1986). "Sara Anne Cates Weds Damon H. Ball". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "HOWARD, KATHERINE G.: Papers 1917-1974" (PDF). eisenhower.archives.gov. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER LIBRARY. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Margaret Howard Haskell". findagrave.com. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Herbert Graham Howard". findagrave.com. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Katherine Howard, a Director of Sales For a Hotel Chain, Weds W. B. Bolton". The New York Times. 8 May 1988. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 

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