Thompson Benton Ferguson

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Thompson Benton Ferguson

Thompson Benton Ferguson (March 17, 1857 February 14, 1921) was the sixth Governor of Oklahoma Territory.

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Biography

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.[1] [lower-alpha 1] 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. [1]

Career

In 1889, Ferguson joined the Oklahoma Land Run and staked a claim near Oklahoma City which he later sold and returned to Sedan, Kansas, where 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. [2]

President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Ferguson as the sixth 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 1907 [2] and the Republican candidate for Governor of Oklahoma in 1910.

Death

Ferguson died on February 14, 1921, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After a formal tribute in the Chamber of the House of Representatives, his remains were returned to Watonga and were interred at Watonga City Cemetery.

Notes

  1. Kansas State Normal School is now known as Emporia State University (ESU).

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References

  1. "Thompson Benton Ferguson". Chronicles of Oklahoma. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Thompson Benton Ferguson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 11 September 2012.


Political offices
Preceded by
William C. Grimes
Acting Territorial Governor
Governor of Oklahoma Territory
Under President Theodore Roosevelt

1901 - 1906
Succeeded by
Frank Frantz
Party political offices
Preceded by
Frank Frantz
Republican nominee for Governor of Oklahoma
1910
Succeeded by