Biography of Isaac P. Ferguson
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Ferguson, Isaac P., was born in the town of Dryden, November 3, 1823. His father, Isaac Ferguson, settled on lot 48 in 1816, and was obliged to draw his wheat to Albany and sell it for fifty cents per bushel to get money to pay his taxes. Our subject was educated in the common schools, but from force of character has added to this fund by reading and close observation. He was married at the age of thirty one to Harriet S. Cady, daughter of the Hon. Elias W. Cady, of the town of Dryden. He takes the Democratic side in politics, but has paid the subject no attention. In the year 1846 he went into partnership with the late Hon J. W. Dwight in the mercantile business, which he continued for twenty four years, then going into the coal business, also handling lumber, shingles and fertilizers. He is still engaged in this business. Our subject has through life been prominently identified with the business interests of his town, taking a leading part in advancing its material interests and finding time during his active life to attend to educational matters and the leading events of the day.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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