Biography of Edward P. Ferry
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EDWARD PAYSON FERRY
Edward Payson Ferry was born April 16, 1837, at Grand Haven, Michigan, his father being William Montague Ferry, Presbyterian missionary to the Indians at Mackinac Island and pioneer settler of Ottawa County, Michigan. His mother was Amanda W. Ferry.

His father had to civilize the Indians before he had them ready to Christianize and it took him several years. But he educated them in the ordinary branches of English, got them to the point where they could read it and have some understanding of it. In time the Indians were so grounded in the language and in the doctrines of Christianity that some of the better educated ones were sent to other Indian tribes to do for those tribes what had been done for them. This was one of the most successful missions ever sent out by the Presbyterians among the Indians, and its influence has long continued.

Edward Payson Ferry early showed aptitude for commercialism and branched out into the lumber trade, engaging in the saw mill business and acquiring timber lands. The business grew to such proportions that the matter of transportation became an important need and a line of lake steamers was acquired. Meanwhile he became interested in banking and was elected president of the First National Bank of Grand Haven.

Mr. Ferry early became impressed with the mining possibilities of the West. He located in Park City, Utah, in 1878, with the intention of superintending the investments of himself and associates Later he acquired mining ground by discovery, or by grubstaking prospectors, or by actual purchase.

He married Clara V. White in Michigan in 1870, and five children were born to them. Of these one died and two sons and two daughters are living and married, as follows: W. Mont. Ferry, Edward Stewart Ferry, Miriam Ferry Reynolds, and Edith Ferry Merrill. His chief interests now are in the Silver King Coalition Mines Company, Walker Brothers, Bankers, and the Utah Savings and Trust Company. He has other mining interests and has much Salt Lake real estate. In politics he is Republican nationally. Locally he was identified with the old Liberal party and was one of its first members in the State Legislature.

In his busy life he has spared time for and enjoyed the amenities of social life. He is a member of the Alta Club, and honorary member of the University Club, and a Knight Templar.

Edward P. Ferry's activities in the entire West were so extensive and so widely comprehensive that before he was here many years he recognized the inevitable empire of this region. He was active in the organization of the Trans-Mississippi Congress, and was made president of that organization in Denver in 1891. He served the congress with credit to himself and to the Territory of Utah which he represented.

He is now 72 years of age, and for a number of years his health has been impaired and he has not actively engaged in business. His extensive interests are managed by his sons, W. Mont Ferry and Edward Stewart Ferry.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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