SMITH McPHERSON was born in Morgan County, Indiana, February 14, 1848. He was reared on a farm, received a liberal education and removing to Iowa entered the State University, graduating in the Law Department in 1870. He located at Red Oak in Montgomery County and entered upon the practice of law. In 1874 he was elected on the Republican ticket District Attorney for the Third District, serving six years. In 1880 he was elected Attorney-General of the State, serving four years. In 1898 he was elected to Congress for the Ninth District. In 1900 he was appointed by the President United States judge for the Southern District of Iowa.