FERGUSON, Phillip Colgan, (1903 - 1978)

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FERGUSON, Phillip Colgan, a Representative from Oklahoma; born in Wellington, Sumner County, Kans., August 15, 1903; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, A.B., 1926; moved to Oklahoma and settled on a ranch near Woodward, Woodward County, in 1926; engaged in agricultural pursuits and cattle raising; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress and for election in 1944 to the Seventy-ninth Congress; resumed his former pursuits; commissioned a major in the United States Marine Corps in the Second World War and served from March 2, 1942, to August 1, 1944; received the Silver Star Medal; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Oklahoma in 1958; engaged in cattle ranching; was director of the Bank of Woodward and cattleman; resided in Woodward, Okla., until his death in Tiajuana, Mex., August 8, 1978; cremated; ashes scattered on the Pacific Ocean at San Diego, Calif.