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McPHERSON, Smith, a Representative from Iowa; born near Mooresville, Morgan County, Ind., February 14, 1848; attended the common schools and Mooresville Academy; was graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in June 1870; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa; State’s attorney in 1872; attorney general of Iowa 1881-1885; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1899, until his resignation on June 6, 1900, to accept the appointment of United States district judge for the southern district of Iowa; served until his death in Red Oak, Iowa, January 17, 1915; interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

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