Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

William S. McPherson
MSA SC 3520-13173
1867 Constitutional Convention, Frederick County

William Smith McPherson was born on December 28, 1824 on the old family homestead,
known as Prospect Hall, one mile west of Frederick.  He was the son of William Smith
McPherson, Sr. and Catherine Davis McPherson.  He studied at Frederick College and
was graduated from Charlotte Hall in St. Mary's County in 1843.  In 1847 he earned a
medical degree from the University of Maryland .  He practiced medicine in
Frederick County for many years and became widely regarded as a skilled physician.
During the Civil War his sympathies were decidedly with the South.  He was commissioned
to be a surgeon in the Confederate Army by Stonewall Jackson, but did not serve due to
health problems.  In 1868 he was elected to the position of superintendent of labor and agriculture
for the state of Maryland and served in that capacity for four years.  He was a member
of the Episcopal church.1

William McPherson married Harriet McPherson, a first cousin, in 1848.2  They had three
children; Mary, Libbie, and Thomas Buchanan.1

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