Harry Cummings McPherson, Jr. was born in Tyler, Texas in August of 1929. An only child, McPherson graduated from high school at the age of 15 and began college at Southern Methodist University. McPherson eventually completed his undergraduate work at Sewanee University. He obtained his master’s degree from Columbia University, but shortly after was enlisted into the Air Force. Upon returning home, McPherson went to the University of Texas Law School. McPherson began his involvement in politics after he got out of law school and went to work for Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson as an assistant. McPherson worked on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee as well and encountered many politicians including Senator Edmund Muskie.
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