Phil Ferguson

Phillip Colgan Ferguson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941
Preceded by E.W. Marland
Succeeded by Ross Rizley
Personal details
Born (1903-08-15)August 15, 1903
Wellington, Kansas
Died August 8, 1978(1978-08-08) (aged 74)
Tijuana, Mexico
Political party Democratic

Martha Sharon

Naoma L. Restine
Alma mater University of Kansas
Profession Banker
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Marine Corps
Years of service 1942-1944
Rank Major
Unit Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines
Marine Raiders regiment
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Silver Star

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.

Political career

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 service

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 Death

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.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
E.W. Marland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ross Rizley
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