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Charles H. Cowles

Member of the North Carolina Senate
In office1938-1940
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office1904-1908
In office_21920-1924
In office_31928-1930
In office_41932-1934
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office1909-1911
ConstituencyNorth Carolina's 8th district
Personal details
BornCharles Holden Cowles ( 1875-07-16 ) July 16, 1875 Charlotte , North Carolina
DiedOctober 2, 1957 (1957-10-02) (aged 82) Wilkesboro , North Carolina
Political partyRepublican
OccupationPolitician

Charles Cowles is an American art dealer and collector of contemporary art. Cowles was also curator of Fine Art at Seattle Art Museum from 1975 until 1979. He opened his contemporary Art Gallery at 420 West Broadway in SoHo in lower Manhattan in 1979, mounting first public exhibition there in April 1980. Charles Cowles Gallery was finally located on 537 West 24 Street, between 10 and 11 Avenues in Chelsea in New York City. After thirty years as a successful art dealer, he closes his contemporary Art Gallery and retires to a more private life. In June 2009, Charles Cowles announced his retirement and closed the gallery. Charles Cowles was publisher of Artforum magazine from mid-1960s until early-1980s. He graduated from Stanford University in the early-1960s and originally operated magazine in 1965 from Los Angeles, California. In 1967, he moved Artforum to Manhattan where it quickly became one of America's leading contemporary art magazines. His family was also connected to publishing via Cowles Media Company.

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A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, cowl moved to Wilkesboro at a young age. He worked as deputy clerk for federal court in Statesville and then as secretary for Congressman Edmond S. Blackburn before being elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. Cowles entered the newspaper business in 1906 when he established Wilkes Patriot. In 1908, Cowles was elected to the United States Congress as a Republican. He was defeated for re-election in 1910 by Robert L. Doughton. Later, Cowles was again elected to terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and to one term in the North Carolina Senate. From 1941 through 1956, he returned to one of his first jobs: serving as a federal court clerk. He died at a rest home in Wilkesboro on October 2 1957.

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Calvin Josiah Cowles of Wilkes County, NC, was a merchant specializing in roots and herbs who traded with North and England. Cowles was a Whig and post-war Republican and superintendent of the United States Mint at Charlotte, NC, 1869-1884. Cowles was born in Yadkin County, NC, to Josiah Cowles and Deborah Sanford cowl. As a teenager and young adult, Cowles was clerk at his father's store and in 1846 moved to Wilkes County, NC, where he opened his own general merchandise store, specializing in roots and herbs, called J. & C. J. Cowles. Cowles was also deeply involved in the acquisition of land for purposes of mining, timber, railroad building, and speculation. He also owns land which he rents for agricultural production. A large portion of Cowles ' land interests were in North Carolina, However, he also speculated on lands further west, chiefly in Kansas and South Dakota, but also in Colorado and Wyoming. Cowles was also a voluntary County statistician and weather observer for state and federal agricultural departments. Cowles was married in 1844 to Martha T. Duvall, with whom he had five sons, including Arthur Duval Cowles. After Martha's death, Cowles marries Ida Augusta Holden, daughter of North Carolina governor W. W. Holden. The second marriage produced five children, including Calvin Duval Cowles, who served with the United States Army in conflicts against Native Americans and Spanish in Cuba, and Charles Holden Cowles, North Carolina legislator and editor-publisher of Wilkes Patriot.

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Charles Lee Coon was an educator, Educational historian, and Child Labor reformer. Born on 25 December 1868 near Lincolnton, NC, Coon was the eldest of nine Children of David. Coon and Frances Coon. The family was of German ancestry and the name Coon was originally spelt Kuhn. Coon joined Lutheran Church at age twelve and attended neighborhood Schools and Concordia College in Conover, NC. He edited the Lincoln Democrat, 1895-1896, and was a journalist for the Charlotte Observer, 1896-1899. In the 1890s, he also taught school in Lincolnton, at Concordia College, and in Charlotte, NC. While in Charlotte, he was engaged in Historical research for Daniel. Tomkin's History of Mecklenburg County and City of Charlotte: From 1740 to 1903. Coon was married to Carrie Louise Sparger of Mount Airy, NC, on 21 October 1903. They had three children: Frances Elizabeth, Mary Moore, and Charles Lee Coon. Coon served as Superintendent of Schools in Salisbury from 1899-1903, and in 1903 went to Knoxville, Tenn., To do publicity work for the Southern Education Board, editing 20 issues of Southern Education. From 1904 to 1906, he acted as Superintendent of North Carolina African American normal Schools, and during 1907 was chief clerk in the office of North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1907, Coon moved to Wilson, NC, and remained there as public school administrator for the rest of his life, serving as Superintendent of Wilson City Schools, 1907-1927, and as Superintendent of Wilson County Schools, 1913-1927. He was president of the Wilson Welfare League in 1914; secretary of the North Carolina Child Labor Committee, 1906-1916, president of the North Carolina Teachers Assembly in 1911, and was member of the editorial Board of North Carolina Historical Review, 1924-1927. He was the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, addresses, teachers' manuals, and was editor of Educational documents published as Beginnings of Public Education in North Carolina, 1790-1840, and North Carolina Schools and Academies, 1790-1840. He received an LL. D. Degree from the University of North Carolina in 1926 and was president-elect of the State Literary and Historical Association of North Carolina when he died on 23 December 1927.

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