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Harry Wright Mcpherson

Clergyman , educational executive

Harry Wright Mcpherson, American clergyman, educational executive. Member Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon (Alpha chapter).; Mason (32°).


Mcpherson, Harry Wright was born on April 10, 1879 in Neoga Township, Cumberland County, Illinois, United States. Son of Elias and Mercy (Kelley) Mcpherson.


Graduate Illinois Wesleyan Academy, 1902. Bachelor of Science, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1906, Doctor of Divinity, 1921. S.I.B., Boston University, 1909, Doctor of Laws, 1935.


Teacher public schools, Cumberland County, Illinois, 1898-1900. Ordained ministry M.E: Church, joined Illinois Conference, 1904. Student pastor, 1903-1909, pastor Arrowsmith, Illinois, 1909-1910, Ashland, Illinois, 1910-1913, Casey, Illinois, 1914-1915, First Church, Paris, Illinois, 1916-1918, St. James Church, Danville, Illinois, 1919-1922.

Superintendent Springfield District, Illinois Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church Church, 1923-1925. Pastor First Methodist Episcopal Church, Springfield, Illinois, 1926-1931. President Illinois Wesleyan University, 1932-1937.

Executive secretary Board of Education of Methodist Episcopal Church, 1937-1940. Executive secretary division educational instns. Board of Education of Methodist Church, 1940-1948.

Exec secretary University Senate, 1937-1948. Associate executive secretary Illinois Church Council, since 1949. President Illinois Council Churches, 1931-1934.

Vice president Preachers Aid Society Illinois Conference, 1928-1937. Member Board Foreign Missions Methodist Episcopal Church, 1928-1932, member book committee, 1932-1940, delegate to General Conference, 1928, 32, 36. Delegate to Uniting Conference of Methodist Church, 1939.

Delegate to General Conference Methodist Church, 1944, 48, Jurisdictional Conference, 1940, 44, 48. President Council of Church Bds. Education, 1944; member board of trustees Illinois Wesleyan University.


Member Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon (Alpha chapter). Mason (32°).


Married Sadie E. Grisamore, June 20, 1905.

Elias Mcpherson

Mercy (Kelley) Mcpherson

Sadie E. Grisamore