WILLIAM HENRY FERGUSON, department foreman at the Homestead Mills of the Carnegie Steel Company, was born February
19, 1867, at Monroeville, Allegheny county, a son of John Ferguson, who was born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania.
John Ferguson attended the public schools of his district and learned the blacksmith's trade, which he made the
occupation of his life. He served as a soldier in the Civil war. He married, in 1865, Elizabeth, daughter of James
and Margaret Jordan, of Patton township, Allegheny county, the former a farmer and a veteran of the Mexican war.
Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson were the parents of four children: William Henry, of whom later; Thomas Boyd; Mamie, deceased;
and Jean, wife of Elliott Cashdollar. The death of Mr. Ferguson occurred in 1873. He and his family were members
of the Presbyterian church.
William Henry Ferguson, son of John and Elizabeth (Jordan) Ferguson, received his education in the common schools
of Patton township and in Jackson's school in Plumb township. In February, 1887, he entered the service of the
Carnegie Steel Company, by whom he has been employed ever since, his present position being that of foreman of
a departmant in the Homestead Mills. For four years he was school director of Swissvale, and he is now serving
a three years' term as borough councilman. He belongs to Braddock's Field Lodge, No. 510, F. and A. M., and in
politics, hags always affiliated with the Republicans. He is a member of the Presbyterian church of Swissvale.
Mr. Ferguson married, August 11, 1893, Susan, daughter of Michael and Nancy (Soles) Zimmerman, of New Tens, Allegheny
county, the former a butcher and farmer. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson have been the parents of four children: Richard
Lee, born May 8, 1895; Elizabeth, born August 3, 1893, died December 14, 1896; Nancy, born September 22, 1897;
and Michael Zimmerman, born December 21, 1899.
Mr. Ferguson is quite a sportsman, and during one of his hunting expeditions, September 23, 1907, killed
an exceedingly fine moose, of more than ordinary size, the head of which now decorates his home. The moose was
killed on the north fork of the southwestern part of the Miramichi river, New Brunswick.
A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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