Margaret Nowell Graham

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Margaret Nowell Graham
Born Margaret Nowell
Lowell, Massachusetts
Died 1942
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Resting place Salem Cemetery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
36°05′30″N 80°14′22″W / 36.091648°N 80.239485°W / 36.091648; -80.239485Coordinates: 36°05′30″N 80°14′22″W / 36.091648°N 80.239485°W / 36.091648; -80.239485
Nationality American
Education Boston Museum School of Fine Art
Known for Watercolor painter of flowers and landscapes

Margaret Nowell Graham (1867–1942) was an American artist who painted watercolors of flowers and landscapes. She was the mother of two national political figures Katherine G. Howard, Secretary of the Republican Party and advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John Stephens Graham, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

Early life[edit]

Margaret Nowell was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1867 to Charles Foster Nowell and Anna Marie Chase.[1][2][nb 1] She studied at the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts.[1] She was a member of the Boston Art club and the American Federation of Arts.


Graham made watercolor paintings of landscapes and flowers from Marblehead, Massachusetts and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her specialty was landscape with architectural interest. Her works were recognized in New England and in the South, including first prize in the North Carolina Federation of Women's Club Arts Competitions in 1923, 1924 and 1925.[citation needed] Her paintings are at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts[1] Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Wake Forest University, and in private collections.[citation needed]

She made a watercolor painting in 1922 of the Reynolda House that was used on notecards and sold at the Reynolda House Museum. It also appeared on the cover of the Fall 2002 edition of the Wake Forest Alumni Magazine.[3][4] A 1922 watercolor of the barn appeared on the front page of the Summer 2013 edition of Magnolia magazine, published by the Southern Garden History Society.[5] Graham was a member of the Southern States Art League.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Margaret Nowell married Joseph L. Graham, transportation manager for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Their children were:[6]

She died on March 31, 1942 and is buried at the Salem Cemetery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[2][nb 1] In her honor, there was a Margaret Nowell Graham Art Fund for high school students, managed by the Winston Salem Foundation, and there is a Margaret Nowell Graham Memorial Lecture Fund[11] at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.[12]


  1. ^ a b The Find a Grave information, a tertiary source that is best to corroborate if there are no gravestone photos, is in synch with the primary source information at the Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates of the North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Margaret Nowell Graham - Quick Facts". AskArt. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Margaret Nowell Graham". Find a Grave. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Reynolda House celebrates art discovered through flowers". The Dispatch. August 22, 1966. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wake Forest University Alumni Magazine, Fall 2002" (PDF). Office of Creative Services, Wake Forest University. pp. 1, 2. Retrieved December 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Magnolia Summer 2013" (PDF). Magnolia. Southern Garden History Society. XXVI (3): 1. Spring 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Katherine G. Howard (1977). With My Shoes Off. New York: Vantage Press. pp. 1–2, 19, 37, 40. ISBN 0533029503. 
  7. ^ Kreiss, Rich. "Gregory Newell Graham". Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "HOWARD, KATHERINE G.: Papers 1917-1974" (PDF). DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER LIBRARY. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "NAVAL EVENTS, June 1941, Part 2 of 2, Sunday 15th – Monday 30th". Naval History. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  10. ^ Margaret Nowell Graham, North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina 
  11. ^ "Isaac Mizrahi and Iris Apfel in Conversation". Couture Magazine. Franklin TN. 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Impressionists on the Water". Peabody Essex Museum. Retrieved December 29, 2013. Join Impressionists on the Water co-curator and art historian Christopher Lloyd for a tour of the paintings, works on paper, models and small craft on view. Made possible by The Margaret Nowell Graham Memorial Lecture Fund. 

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