McPherson, Harry C. (Harry Cummings), 1929-


McPherson, Harry C. (Harry Cummings), 1929-


Bio: Harry Cummings McPherson, Jr. (b. 1929) was a lawyer and government official. He served the U.S. Senate as assistant general counsel to Democratic policy committee, 1956 to 1959; associate counsel, 1959 to 1961; and general counsel, 1961 to 1963. He served as Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of the Army, 1963 to 1964; Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State, 1964 to 1965; Special Assistant Counsel to President Johnson, 1965 to 1966; and Special Counsel to President Johnson, 1966 to 1969. His book, A Political Education, was published in 1972.


Harry McPherson, President Lyndon B. Johnson. Cabinet Room, White House, Washington DC, 7/26/1967. Photo # a4503-10 by Yoichi Okamoto. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, public domain.


LBJ Connection: Assistant General Counsel, Senate Democractic Policy Committee, 1956-1959; Associate Counsel, 1959-1961; General Counsel, 1961-1963; Deputy Under Secretary for the Army for International Affairs, 1963-1964; Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, 1964-1965; Special Assistant and Counsel to the President, 1965-1966; Special Counsel to the President, 1966-1969. Responsibilities included speech writing, legal review and advice, and civil rights issues.