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McPherson, William 1751- Military officer born in Philadelphia in 1751; was appointed a cadet in the British army at the age of thirteen; and became adjutant of a regiment. He joined the continental army on the Hudson at the close of 1779 and was made a brevet-major by washington. Serving as aide to Lafayette for a while, he was appointed to the command of a partisan corps of cavalry, which served in Virginia in 1781. President Washington appointed him surveyor of the port of Philadelphia in 1789; inspector of revenue in 1792; and naval officer late in 1793, which post he held until his death, Nov. 5, 1813. He was made brigadiergeneral of the provisional army in 1798. His brother, John, was aide to general Montgomery, and perished with him at the siege of Quebec (q. v.).