New Hampshire First Lady, Civic Leader, First Woman Nominated to Executive Council: Margaret Walter (Clough) Martin Anderson (1890 -1979) of Bow and Concord

Margaret W. Clough, circa 1915 when she married Nathaniel E. Martin. From The Granite Monthly magazine, July-Sep 1918. Internet Archive. Colorized by the blog editor.

She was born Margaret Walter Clough on 24 May 1890 in Bow New Hampshire posthumously to Walter H. “Warren” & Georgia (Colby) Clough and named after both of parents. Her father Walter Clough died suddenly in February of 1890, and her mother remarried in 1896 to Stephen P. Foster, a wheelwright who worked for Abbott & Downing carriage makers in Concord NH where they moved.

Young Margaret attended the local Concord grammar schools.  Based on the 1940 U.S. Census she also graduated from high school.  The 1910 U.S. Census of Concord shows she was out of school in that year, and working as a filing clerk in a “beet factory.”

Photo of Hon. Nathaniel E. Martin from The Granite Monthly magazine, July-Sep 1918. Internet Archive. Colorized by the blog editor.

How she met her future husband is unknown.  On 14 June 1915 in Concord New Hampshire, Margaret W. Clough married the widower, Hon. Nathaniel Everett Martin, son of Theophilus B. & Sarah L. (Rowell) Martin. Nathaniel was 35 years her senior, and a well-known attorney, politician, and businessman.  Besides filling NH Senate seats several times, he was the former mayor of Concord 1899-1900, and later he would become the Democrat’s candidate for governor in 1918, though he lost to John H. Bartlett.  He also served in various state, county and local roles including as a trustee of Concord’s trust funds and president of the board of the city’s Water Commission. [See his biography here].

Nathaniel E. Martin owned a stately home at No 8 South Street in Concord NH where the U.S. Census shows he and Margaret both residing.  The couple had no children, and it appears Margaret was not one to sit at home. She actively aided her husband’s political aspirations. The Vermont Journal, Windsor VT of 5 Nov 1920 on page 6 noted: “The only wife of a candidate who has taken the stump for her husband is Mrs. Margaret Clough Martin of this city, whose husband, ex-Mayor Nathaniel E. Martin is a Democratic candidate for a third term in the State Senate.”

Home of Nathaniel & Margaret (Clough) Martin at 8 South Street in Concord NH. Photo from Granite State Monthly magazine, 1918. Colorized by the blog editor.

The Boston Globe, Boston MA of 19 May 1922 on page 19 reported on a Democratic state meeting as follows: “CONCORD NH, May 18–Four hundred Democrats from all sections of New Hampshire heard the first gun fired here tonight in the State campaign…..There were many women present. Arrangements for the meetings were largely made by Mrs. Dorothy Branch Jackson, woman member of the National Committee from his State and wife of State Chairman Robert Jackson; Mrs. Margaret Clough Martin, wife of Ex- Mayor Nathaniel E. Martin, and Miss Agnes collins, assistant secretary of the State Committee…..”

Page from NH Legislative Manual showing Margaret Martin’s nomination to the NH Executive Council. Thanks to Ray Buckley for providing this!

According to a 1928 news article [see] Margaret became “vice chairman of the Democratic state (NH) committee and was the candidate of that party for the executive council in the first district in 1926 the first woman to receive such a nomination in this state.”

Margaret’s husband, Nathaniel Everett Martin died on 9 June 1927 in Concord NH and was buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery.  A year later she remarried — to Arthur Theodore Anderson, a bond salesman.  They would live together in Boston, Massachusetts at 117 Bay State Road for several years, before returning about 1940 to Loudon, New Hampshire where he was a sales manager for a belt manufactory.  They spent their later years here. In 1955 Margaret was elected to Loudon’s School Board of Education, defeating Harrison C. Smith. She did not run again for re-election in 1958.

On 11 Feb 1963 The Boston Globe reported on the death of ” Arthur T. Anderson, Retired Broker, of Concord NH.  CONCORD NH–Arthur T. Anderson, Boston native and a retired investment broker, died Sunday (10 Feb 1963) in Concord Hospital. He retired four years ago from the Arthur S. Brown Co of Tilton after 25 years with that company. Earlier he was associated with Hayden Stone Co. A Boston investment firm. Mr. Anderson was a 1908

Photo of Arthur Theodore Anderson from his passport. Colorized by the blog editor.

Dartmouth College graduate and a member of Mt. Tabor Lodge, A.F. & A.M. Boston. He leaves a wife, Margaret, and a sister, Eve C. Anderson, of Roslindale, Mass. Services will. be Tuesday at 2 pm in the Hussey and Wiren funeral chapel, Concord.”

Margaret (Clough) Martin Anderson would remain in Loudon NH for a few more years, before moving back to Concord New Hampshire.   She died in August of 1979.   Oddly enough that was the same year that Dudley (Webster) Dudley, also a Democrat, would become the first woman to serve on New Hampshire’s Executive Council, the first female in its then 297-year history.


John-1 Clough (1613-1691) & Jane
[SEE The Genealogy of the Descent of John Clough of Salisbury Massachusetts 1952 published by The John Clough Genealogical Society]

John-2 Clough (1648/9-1718) & Mercy Page (p 46)

John-3 Clough (John-2, John-1) Clough b 30 June 1678 at Salisbury MA. d –
He m. 5 March 1701 Elizabeth Long, daughter of Richard & Ann (French) Long. Her father was killed by Indians in Amesbury MA on his way to Haverhill MA on 4 Sep 1694. He left a considerable estate. (p55)
Children of John & Elizabeth (Long) Clough:
1. Ann Clough b 25 Dec 1701
2. Tabitha Clough b 27 Feb 1702
3. Susanah Clough b 19 Dec 1704
4. Lydia Clough b 6 Nov 1706 twin
5. Sarah Clough b 6 Nov 1706 twin
6. John Clough b 5 July 1708
7. Elizabeth Clough b 6 July 1710
8. Eleanor Clough b 25 Oct 1712
9. Richard Clough b 18 Nov 1714
10 +Elisha Clough b 14 May 1717

Elisha-4 Clough, son of John & Elizabeth (Long) Clough born 14 May 1717 married 2 Oct 1740 Martha/Mary3 Welch 20 Jan 1718 of Kingston, Rockingham, NH dau of Samuel and Mary (Judkins) Welch. Mary’s sister Tabitha married John Clough brother of Elisha. Philip Welch of Ipswich and his Descendants at NEHGR vol 23 page 419 (p 90) He moved to Bow NH about 1760
Children of Elisha & Mary (Welch) Clough:
1. Elizabeth Clough, baptized 14 March 1741
2. Mary Clough b 13 June 1743, bap 19 June 1743
3. Elisha Clough Jr. b 12 May 1745
4. Richard Clough b 1 Sep 1747
5. +Jonathan Clough b 8 Oct 1749 Kingston NH
6. Levi Clough b abt 1750
7. Martha Clough bap 21 July 1751
8. Ann Clough bap 24 Feb 1754
9. David Clough b abt 1756
10 Tabitha Clough b 27 March 1760

Jonathan-5 Clough, son of Elisha & Mary (Welch) Clough was born 8 Oct 1749 in Kingston, Rockingham Co. NH and d. 7 June 1835 in Bow NH. He married11 Oct 1783 Abigail Buswell. She b -, d. 11 Oct 1785 in Bow NH. He m2d) 6 Feb 1787 at Atkinston NH to Anna West. He signed the association test in Bow NH in September of 1776 and paid residence tax in 1790 in Bow NH. He served during the American Revolution.
Children of Jonathan & Abigail (Buswell) Clough:
1. Sally Clough b 3 April 1776 in Bow NH
2. William Clough b 8 May 1780 Bow NH
3. +Jonathan Clough b 13 Dec 1782 in Bow NH
4. Abigail Clough b 5 Oct 1785 Bow NH
Children of Jonathan & Anna (West) Clough
5. Levi Clough b 13 Dec 1787 Bow NH
6. Noah Clough b 27 Feb 1788 Bow NH
7. Manly Clough b 10 Oct 1790 Bow NH
8. Isaac Clough b 1 Oct 1792 Bow NH, prob DY
9. Anne Clough b 18 June 1794 Bow NH
10. Ruth Clough b 5 Sep 1796 Bow NH’
11. Pattey Clough b 1 June 1798 Bow NH, twin
12. Martha Clough b 1 June 1798 Bow NH, twin
12. Isaac Clough b 1 Aug 1800 Bow NH

Jonathan-6 Clough, son of Jonathan & Abigail (Buswell) Clough b 13 Dec 1782 in Bow NH; d 7 June 1835 at Bow NH.  He m. 13 Jan 1803 in Pembroke NH to Mary Emery, daughter of Joshua & Rachel (Currier) Emery.  She was b 9 April 1784 in Atkinson, Rockingham Co. NH; d –
page 257
Children of Jonathan & Mary (Emery) Clough:
1. Clarissa Clough b 25 June 1803 Bow NH; m. William O. Randall
2. Abigail Clough b 24 Sep 1805 in Bow NH; m. 17 July 1825 to Ballard Chandler
3. Reite/Recte Clough b 12 Sep 1807 Bow NH; d. 29 Dec 1883 in Hooksett NH; m. Charles Henry Wheeler
4. +Emery Clough b 13 May 1811 Bow NH
5. Luther Clough b abt 1813 Bow NH; He d. 22 July 1890 in Bow NH

Emery-7 Clough, son of Jonathan & Mary (Emery) Clough, b 13 May 1811 Bow NH; d 8 May 1899 in Bow NH. He m1) Phebe Clough, daughter of David Clough a cousin, ie. David-5, Elisha-4 John-3, John-2 John-1) She was b 20 Jan 1807 in Bow NH and d 9 Feb 1870 Bow NH of consumption (TB).  Buried Evans Cemetery, Bow NH.  He m2d) 2 July 1870 in Concord NH to Sarah M Cullin/Cullen, daughter of John Cullin. She was b abt 1838 in Robbinston, Maine
1850 US Census > NH > Merrimack > Bow
Emery Clough 39
Phebe Clough 43
Byron Clough 14
Melissa Clough 12
Alonzo Clough 11
Luthera Clough 9
Harris Clough 6
Joseph Clough 2
Children of Emery & Phebe (Clough) Clough:
1. Byron W. Clough b 12 Feb 1836 in Bow NH
2. Melissa E. Clough b Feb 1838 Bow NH she m. 21 Sep 1873 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Lucian F, Kellogg
3. Alonzo Clough, b 1840 Bow NH; d. 22 Feb 1894 Tilton NH; married. Civil War veteran, Co A 7th NH Regiment, disabled.
4. Luthera Clough, b 6 Sep 1841 Bow NH d. 16 March 1921 Cedar Rapids Iowa; m. Cyrus C. Upton
5. Harris Clough b 15 Oct 1843 in Bow NH; d. 15 May 1897 in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Married, had children.
6. Joseph G. Clough b 14 June 1848 Bow NH; d. 29 July 1923; buried Evans Cemetery Bow NH. married.
Child(ren) of Emery & Sarah M. (Cullen) Clough
7. Lillian W. Clough, b abt 1872 NH m. 26 Apr 1900 in Manchester NH to George F. Ordway son of Joel & Eliza A. (Wells) Ordway

Byron W.-8 Clough, son of Emery & Phebe (Clough) Clough b 12 Feb 1836 in Bow, Merrimack, NH and d. 30 Nov 1910 in Bow NH, aged 74.  Farmer. Buried Evans Cemetery, Bow NH on 3 Dec 1910.  He m. Margaret Ann Geary/Gerry She b. Sep 1841 in Lisbon NY. Died after 1900.
1870 US Census > NH > Merrimack > Bow
Byron W. Clough 34
Margaret Clough 30
Fred W. “Freddie” Clough 10
Walter H. Clough 7
Children of Byron W. & Margaret A. (Geary/Gerry) Clough:
1. Fred W. Clough b Aug 1859 in Manchester NH, d. 26 July 1903 Concord NH. He m. 30 March 1881 in Concord NH to Estelle E. Dow, daughter of Lorenzo & Abey C. (?) Dow. She d. 25 Dec 1932 in Burlingame California.
2. +Walter H. Clough, b 16 March 1963 Bow NH

Walter H.-9 “Warren” Clough b 16 March 1863 Bow NH, son of Byron W. & Margaret A. “Maggie” (Gerry) Clough. He d 18 Feb 1890 in Bow NH. He was 26y 11m 2d old. Farmer
He m. 22 Oct 1884 in Manchester NH to Georgia B. Colby, daughter of Irad & Azubia (Whitcher) Colby. She b abt 1865 in Bow NH, d 7 May 1927 in Concord NH.  She m2d) 12 Dec 1896 in Concord NH to Stephen P. Foster, son of Renaldo B. & Sarah E. (Perkins) Foster. He was a wheelwright in a carriage factory A-D Co. [b abt 1869 in NH,] In 1910 living at 37 Perley Street Concord NH when Margaret is a filing clerk in a beet factory. In 1917 living at 14 Wall Street Concord.
Children of Walter H. “Warren” & Georgia (Colby) Clough
1. Betsey Azubia “Bessie” Clough, b 13 March 1886 NH, d. 26 Jan 1982 in Berlin, Washington VT. She married 27 Sep 1905 in Concord NH to Harold Titcomb Nowell, son of Charles H. & Anna M. (Chase) Nowell. They divorced on 6 Nov 1938 in Franklin VT.
2. +Margaret Walter Clough, b 24 May 1890 in Bow NH. She m. 14 June 1915 in Concord NH to Nathaniel E. Martin, son of Theophilus B. & Sarah L. (Rowell) Martin. She m2d) Arthur T. Anderson.
Child of Stephen P. & Georgia (Colby) Foster
3. Dean Kittredge Foster b 3 Sep 1900 Concord NH; d. 18 Oct 1985 Malden MA He m. 22 March 1949 in NH to Teresa Elvira Marino, daughter of Francis & Angela (Lancelotti) Marino.

Margaret Walter-10 Clough, was born 24 May 1890 in Bow, New Hampshire.  [This story is about her, see above] When her mother remarried she moved to Concord New Hampshire where she attended school, graduating from high school.  In 1910 she was working as a clerk in a beet factory.  She married on14June 1915 in Concord NH to Nathaniel E. Martin, son of Theophilus B. & Sarah L. (Rowell) Martin. He was a noted attorney, politician and civic leader filling elected positions for the State, county and City of Concord NH.  He was Mayor of Concord NH from 1899-1900. He died 9 June 1927 in Concord NH and is buried in Blossom Hill.  Margaret (Clough) Martin married 2d) 15 June 1928 in Boston MA to Arthur Theodore Anderson. He was b 9 May 1883 in East Boston MA, son of Swedish immigrants Carl T. “Charles” & Johana Albertina (Johansen) Anderson. He was an investment broker.   They lived in Boston MA and later Loudon NH.  He died  10 Feb 1963 in Concord Hospital, Concord NH.  She died Aug 1979 probably in Concord NH (her last known residence per SSDI).  She had no children by either husband.
The Boston Globe
CONCORD NH, June 12–The funeral of Ex-Mayor Nathaniel E. Martin, leader of the New Hampshire Bar and prominent in the political and business affairs of the State, was held at his home this afternoon. Rev. Dr. John Vannevar of Boston and Rev. John B. Wilson of Bow officiated. The honorary bearers were Chief Justice Robert J. Peaslee of the State Supreme Court and Chief Justice William H. Sawyer of the Superior Court, Judge Henri Burque of Nashua, Mayor Fred N. Marden, Judge James W. Remick, Frank P. Quinby, Burns P. Hodgman, Josiah E. Fernald, Judge George M. Fletcher, Alvin B. Cross, Frank J. Sulloway, James B. Morris, Concord; Thomas D. Luce and Jeremiah J. Doyle, Nashua; Clarence E. Carr, Andover; Clarence E. Sturges, Frank D. Holmes, Concord Joseph E. Donigan, Newbury; Dewitt C. Howe, Manchester. Burial was in Blossom Hill Cemetery in this city.”


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