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Edward McPHERSON

(1830-1895)

McPHERSON, Edward, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Gettysburg, Pa., July 31, 1830; attended the common schools; was graduated from Pennsylvania College in 1848; studied law; edited the Harrisburg American in 1851, the Independent Whig, Lancaster, Pa., 1851-1854, and the Daily Times, Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1855; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress; appointed Deputy Commissioner of Internal Revenue in 1863; Clerk of the House of Representatives from December 8, 1863, to December 5, 1875; permanent president of the Republican National Convention in 1876; Director of the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1877 and 1878; editor of the Philadelphia Press 1877-1880; again served as Clerk of the House of Representatives from December 1881 to December 1883 and from December 1889 to December 1891; editor and proprietor of a paper in Gettysburg, Pa., 1880-1895; editor of the New York Tribune Almanac 1877-1895; American editor of the Almanach de Gotha; died in Gettysburg, Pa., December 14, 1895; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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