Thompson Benton Ferguson (March 17, 1857 –February 14, 1921) was the sixth Governor of Oklahoma Territory.
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Ferguson was born on March 17, 1857, near Des Moines, Iowa. The following year, he moved to Emporia, Kansas, with his parents. His mother died in 1860, and his father enlisted in the Union Army at the beginning of the Civil War. He was raised by his older sister, was educated in public schools and by teaching, he was able to finance his course through the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia. An earnest Bible student, he was ordained as a Methodist minister and after a short time moved to Chautauqua County, Kansas. There, Ferguson taught school for nine years and married Elva Shartel on June 9, 1885, in Sedan, Kansas.
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In 1889, Ferguson joined the Oklahoma Land Run and staked a claim near Oklahoma City which he later sold and returned to Sedan, Kansas. He purchased the Sedan Republican and edited it for two years. In October 1892, He moved to Watonga, Oklahoma Territory and established the Watonga Republican newspaper which he continued to publish until his death. He was appointed Postmaster of Watonga in 1897.
President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Ferguson Governor of Oklahoma Territory and he assumed the office on November 30, 1901. He served until January 5, 1906. Upon retirement, He returned to his residence in Watonga. He made two notable attempts to return to his public service. He was a candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma in 1907and the Republican candidate for Governor of Oklahoma in 1910.
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William C. Grimes
Acting Territorial Governor
| Governor of Oklahoma Territory |
Under President Theodore Roosevelt
1901 - 1906
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of Oklahoma |