FERRIS, Woodbridge Nathan, (1853 - 1928)

Senate Years of Service: 1923-1928
Party: Democrat

Library of Congress

FERRIS, Woodbridge Nathan, a Senator from Michigan; born in Spencer, Tioga County, N.Y., January 6, 1853; attended the academies of Spencer, Candor, and Oswego, N.Y., the Oswego Normal Training School 1870-1873, and the medical department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1873 and 1874; principal and superintendant of various schools in Illinois 1874-1884; settled in Big Rapids, Mich., where he established the Ferris Industrial School in 1884 and served as president until his death; president of the Big Rapids Savings Bank; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress and for Governor of Michigan in 1904; Governor of Michigan 1913-1916; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1920; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1922 and served from March 4, 1923, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 23, 1928; interment in Highland View Cemetery, Big Rapids, Mich.


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