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Phillip Colgan Ferguson (August 15, 1903 – August 8, 1978) was a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma. Phil Ferguson was born on August 15, 1903, in Wellington, Kansas, to W. M. and May Deems Ferguson. Ferguson attended public schools in Wellington, the Kemper Military School in Missouri, and graduated from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, A.B., in 1926. He moved to Oklahoma and settled on a ranch near Woodward, Woodward County, working on agricultural pursuits and cattle raising. Ferguson's interest in cattle ranching later earned him a position as a president of the Northwest Cattlemen's Association and vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. He was also director of the Bank of Woodward, which was owned by his father.

Phillip Colgan Ferguson
Informal photo of Rep. Phil Ferguson, Democrat of Okla., Feb. 1940 LCCN2016877070 (cropped).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byE.W. Marland
Succeeded byRoss Rizley
Personal details
Born(1903-08-15)August 15, 1903
Wellington, Kansas
DiedAugust 8, 1978(1978-08-08) (aged 74)
Tijuana, Mexico
Political partyDemocratic
Republican
Spouse(s)Martha Sharon Naoma L. Restine
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
ProfessionBanker
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Marine Corps.svg Marine Corps
Years of service1942–1944
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major
UnitCompany A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines
Marine Raiders regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsSilver Star Medal ribbon.svg Silver Star

Political careerEdit

Ferguson was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941). As a member of the Committee on Flood Control, he helped to initiate federal involvement in soil conservation and water resources development, establishing programs that constructed reservoirs and planted native grasses in northwestern Oklahoma. In addition, he was on the Census, Elections, Public Buildings and Grounds, Irrigation and Reclamation, Rivers and Harbors, and Agriculture Committees.[1] Following two unsuccessful reelection campaigns in 1940 (Seventy-seventh Congress) and 1944 (Seventy-ninth Congress), he resumed his former pursuits. He was also an unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 1950 and Republican Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate in 1958. Ferguson served on the Federal Reserve Board in Oklahoma City and as director of the Farm Credit Administration in Wichita, Kansas.

Military serviceEdit

During World War II, Ferguson was a commissioned major in United States Marine Corps from March 2, 1942, to August 1, 1944, receiving the Silver Star Medal. He saw action in the Pacific Theater in Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines and in the Marine Raiders Regiment.[2]

Personal Life and DeathEdit

He resided in Woodward, Oklahoma, until his death in Tijuana, Mexico, August 8, 1978. Phil Ferguson was cremated, and his ashes were scattered on the Pacific Ocean at San Diego, California.

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Phil Ferguson (id: F000082)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2009-10-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2009-10-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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