Caddo, Oklahoma...
Sunday, January 26, 2020
The antique town on a buffalo trail.

Charles E. McPherren

Charles E. McPherren was the first mayor of Caddo. This is his biography from “Oklahoma, A History of the State and Its People”, by Joseph B. Thoburn and Muriel H. Wright, Volume IV, Lewis Historical Publishing, 1929
One of the youngest mayors in the history of the entire Southwest was the mayor of Caddo, Indian Territory, in 1889- Charles Elmo McPherren who the year previous to his election as mayor, had been a sergeant in the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, which was appropriately called the “Roosevelt Rough Riders”. When the United States entered the World War, Charles Elmo McPherren joined the Second Regiment of the Oklahoma National Guard, attaining the rank of major in 1918, lieutenant-colonel in 1919, and colonel in 1920. From 1921 to the present time he has been brigadier-general in the Reserve Forces of the United States, and is a graduate of the Army War College.
General McPherren was born in Pleasant Grove, Mississippi, in 1875, and is the son of Andrew M. and Fannie E. McPherren. His father, a farmer, served in the War of the Rebellion from 1862 to 1865 in the Ninth Iowa Cavalry.
Following his attendance at Franklin College, Pilot Point, Texas, and the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi, General McPherren entered the legal profession in 1896, practicing in Caddo, Indian Territory until 1907; from 1907 to 1924 in Durant, Oklahoma, and since 1924 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he maintains offices at No. 1018 Braniff Building. He has been active in Democratic party politics and from 1921 to 1925 represented the Twentieth District in the Oklahoma State Senate. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, the Oklahoma Club of Oklahoma City, and the Protestant Episcopal church.
April 3, 1923 General McPherren and Margaret Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Johnson, were married in Oklahoma City. Mrs. McPherren is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and the Alpha Phi Sorority. Their children are:  1. Charles Johnson,  born February 17, 1924, 2. Margaret Jane, born July 21, 1925, and 3. John Martin, born December 23, 1926. The family residence is at No. 1220 West Twentieth Street, Oklahoma City.