Anna O. (Blodgett) McPherson was born May 5, 1915 in Brandon, Vermont where she grew up. Her father was a machine designer. Her parents were not politically active. She went to Boston to attend Forsythe Dental School to be a dental technician. During WWII, she worked in W.H. Nichols defense plant and tested supercharger pumps for airplanes. When the war was over, she attended classes at American University in Washington, DC. She and her husband moved to Augusta, Maine in 1946. In 1980 she went to San Miguel in Mexico to attend art school. She worked for the IRS part time, and for the legislative offices at the State House, as a secretary for Dana Childs, and later as an executive secretary for Ed Schlick.
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Richard, Mike, "McPherson, Anna oral history interview" (1999). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 253.