Phillip C. Ferguson Collection

1931-1978 (bulk: 1950-1967)

2.5 cubic feet

portrait of Phillip Ferguson

As the representative of Oklahoma's Eighth District to the U.S. House of Representatives, Phillip C. Ferguson (1903-1978) served from 1935-1941. In Congress, he sponsored such legislation as the 1936 Flood Control Act that authorized the construction of dams to conserve Oklahoma's waters and protect its lands from both flood and drought. For a decade, Ferguson remained out of the political arena. In 1950, however, he reentered the fray as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate. As a self-described "Eisenhower Democrat," he finished last in the four-man primary. Shortly thereafter, Ferguson changed his party registration to Republican. With his new party affiliation, he received appointments as a director of one of the Federal Reserve Systems's regional banks and later as a director of the Farm Credit Administration. With renewed political zeal, Ferguson again entered the gubernatorial campaign in 1958 and became the Republican nominee. Unfortunately, he was swept away by J. Howard Edmondson and the Democrat's "Prairie Fire" campaign.

This small collection contains a few items related to Ferguson's ill-fated gubernatorial campaigns of 1950 and 1958 as well as scrapbooks concerned with soil conservation and flood control.  The collection has a detailed inventory. In addition, there a small photograph collection which includes several images of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District as well as images of soldiers in Vietnam in the 1960s. For more information on the archival holdings, please contact the Carl Albert Center.

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