Katharine Graham

Born Jun 16, 1917

Katharine Meyer Graham was an American publisher. She led her family's newspaper, The Washington Post, for more than two decades, overseeing its most famous period, the Watergate coverage that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Her memoir, Personal History, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.… Read More

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1917 Birth Katharine Graham was born Katharine Meyer in 1917 into a privileged family in New York City, the daughter of Agnes Elizabeth (née Ernst) and Eugene Meyer. … Read More
1919 2 Years Old Her father's sister, Florence Meyer Blumenthal, founded the Prix Blumenthal, given to painters, sculptors, decorators, engravers, writers, and musicians during the period of 1919-1954.


1938 21 Years Old Graham began working for the Post in 1938. … Read More
1940 23 Years Old On June 5, 1940, she married in a Lutheran ceremony Philip Graham, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. … Read More
1946 29 Years Old Philip Graham became publisher of the Post in 1946, when Eugene Meyer handed over the newspaper to his son-in-law. … Read More


1959 42 Years Old Meyer left that position only six months later; he was Chairman of the Washington Post Company until his death in 1959, when Philip Graham took that position and the company expanded with the purchases of television stations and Newsweek magazine. … Read More
1962 45 Years Old Philip Graham dealt with alcoholism and mental illness throughout his marriage to Katharine. He had mood swings and often belittled her, calling her horrible names. On Christmas Eve in 1962, Katharine found out her husband was having an affair with Robin Webb, an Australian stringer for Newsweek. … Read More
1963 46 Years Old 1 More Event
At a newspaper conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Philip apparently had a nervous breakdown. Graham was sedated and flown back to Washington, where he would end up in the Chestnut Lodge psychiatric facility near Washington, D.C. During a weekend release from Chestnut Lodge on August 3, 1963, Philip Graham committed suicide with a 28-gauge shotgun at the couple's Glen Welby home. … Read More


1967 50 Years Old She tried to push white lawyer Edward Bennett Williams into the role of Washington D.C.'s first commissioner mayor in 1967. … Read More
1972 55 Years Old 1 More Event
She became the first female Fortune 500 CEO in 1972, as CEO of the Washington Post company. … Read More
1973 56 Years Old In 1973, Graham received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College.
1975 58 Years Old In 1975, Graham received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.


1979 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Graham's name and picture.
1988 71 Years Old In 1988, Graham was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
1997 80 Years Old 1 More Event
Graham published her memoirs, Personal History, in 1997. … Read More
2000 83 Years Old In 2000, Graham was named as one of the International Press Institute's 50 World Press Freedom Heroes of the past 50 years. … Read More
2001 84 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, Graham fell on a sidewalk while visiting Sun Valley, Idaho. … Read More
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