McPHERSON, Smith (1848-1915)

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.

University of Chicago Library
Crerar Manuscript Collection, Special Collections
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1908, 1 volume.
The oral opinion of Hon. Smith McPherson in the case of the United States vs. Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railway Company, 1908. The typescript response of Smith McPherson, a Missouri judge, is on the liability of railroad companies for accidents injuring their employees.

  • McPherson, Smith. The Loud Bill. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1900.