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Harry Cummings Mc Pherson

Harry Cummings Mc Pherson, American lawyer. Bar: Texas 1955, District of Columbia 1969. Recipient Distinguished Civilian Service award Department Army, 1964, Arthur S. Flemming award, 1968, Judge Learned Hand Human Relations award American Jewish Committee, 1994, Lifetime Achievement award, The American Lawyer magazine, 2008.

Background

  • Pherson, Harry Cummings Mc was born on August 22, 1929 in Tyler, Texas, United States. Son of Harry Cummings and Nan (Hight) McPherson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1949. Data Control Language (honorary), University South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1965. Student, Columbia University, New York City, 1949—1950.

      Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, Austin, 1956.

    Career

    • Assistant general counsel Democratic policy committee United States Senate, 1956-1959, associate counsel, 1959-1961, general counsel, 1961-1963. Deputy under secretary international affairs Department Army, United States Department Defense, 1963-1964. Assistant secretary for educational & cultural affairs United States Department State, 1964-1965.

      Special assistant and counsel to President The White House, 1965-1966, special counsel to President, 1966-1969. Senior partner Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand, Washington, 1969—2002. Counsel, Federal Affairs & Legislation, Government Affairs practices DLA Piper, 2002—2010.

      Chairman task force on domestic policy Democratic Advisory Council Elected Officials, 1974-1976. Member President's Commission on Accident at Three Mile Island, 1979. Vice chairman John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 1969-1976, general counsel, 1977-1991.

      Board directors Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1969-1974. President Federal City Council, 1983-1988. Appointed vice chairman United States International Cultural and Trade Center Commission, 1988-1993.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Texas 1955, District of Columbia 1969.

    Works

    • A Political Education: A Washington Memoir
    • This insider's view of Washington in the 1950s and 1960s, of the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and of the conflicts and factions of the president's staff has become a political classic since its original publication in 1972.
    • A Political Education: A Washington Memoir
    • This insider's view of Washington in the 1950s and 1960s, of the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and of the conflicts and factions of the president's staff has become a political classic since its original publication in 1972.
    • Author: A Political Education, 1972, 88, 95.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member United States Base Closure and Realignment Commission, 1993. Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1950-1953. Member District of Columbia Bar Association, New York Council on Foreign Relations (director 1974-1977), Economic Club.

    Washington (president 1992-1999).

    Connections

    • Married Clayton Read, August 30, 1952 (divorced). Children: Coco, Peter B. Married Mary Patricia DeGroot, October 17, 1981.

      1 child, Sam B.
    • father: Harry Cummings McPherson
    • mother: Nan (Hight) McPherson
    • spouses: Clayton Read
    • Mary Patricia DeGroot
    • children: Coco Pherson
    • Peter B. Pherson
    • Sam B. Pherson
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    Born August 22, 1929
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