- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - A farmer prominent in the legislative struggle for Oregon’s distinctive land-use laws has died at 96.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/191anMw) that Hector Macpherson Jr. died Saturday.

He was a dairy farmer from Oakville, southwest of Albany, who had been a B-17 navigator in World War II.

He served a term in the state Senate and wrote what was known as Senate Bill 100.

It set up a system of planning and regulation aimed at preserving prime farm and timber land from urban development.

He was criticized by farmers who didn’t like restrictions on the way they developed their land.

Running for re-election in 1974 as a Republican after the Watergate scandal, he was defeated.

He went back to farming and also served on the state’s land-use commission.


Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, https://www.dhonline.com

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