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  Ferry, William Montague
NameWilliam Montague Ferry
Grand Rapids, Michigan , United States
Born July 08, 1824
DiedJanuary 02, 1905 (80 years)
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Feb 08, 2010 12:24pm
InfoWILLIAM MONTAGUE FERRY was born at Michilimackinac, Michigan, July 8, 1824, elder son of the Reverend William Montague and Amanda (White) Ferry. In 1834 he removed with his parents to Grand Haven, which continued to be his home for over forty years. He received his early training in his father's library. He also had a year's instruction at the Sanderson Academy of Ashfield, Massachusetts, under Henry L. Dawes, afterwards United States Senator, and spent one year at the Kalamazoo Branch of the University of Michigan. Active life began for him at the age of fifteen, when he was placed in charge of large gangs of men as manager of his father's lumber business on the Grand River. He learned the trade of machinist, and in 1850 built the Ottawa Iron Works at Ferrysburg, Michigan. He became widely known as machinist, inventor, and hydraulic and mechanical engineer. In April, 1857, he was elected Regent of the University for the term beginning January 1, following, and served the full term. In August, 1861, he enlisted at Grand Haven as private in the Fourteenth Michigan Infantry, and the following December was promoted to First Lieutenant and Quartermaster of his regiment. On the 30th of June, 1862, he was appointed Captain and Assistant Commissary of Subsistence. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted Major and Lieutenant-Colonel, United States Volunteers, " for faithful and meritorious services during the war." After the surrender of Lee's army he resigned his commission and was honorably mustered out of the service April 24, I865. He was with his regiment at Pittsburg Landing in April, 1862, and participated with it in the siege of Corinth. He served on the staffs of Generals Rosecrans and McPherson, and was wounded at Vicksburg during the siege. He was afterwards put in charge of the Depot Commissary at Memphis, where he remained until his resignation. He was the originator of the system of commutation of rations, which has now been included in the regulations of the army, having received the formal approval of Congress. In 1870 he was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan, and in 1873 Governor Bagley appointed him one of the members of the commission to revise the State Constitution. He was elected Mayor of Grand Rapids in 1876. In 1878 he removed to Park City, Utah. Here he became actively interested in the mining operations of the Territory and was one of the original owners of the Quincy Mine. From 1884 to 1892 he represented Utah on the National Democratic Committee. In 1893 he was Commissioner of the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago. In 1904 he was nominated for Governor of Utah on the American ticket, and ran over one thousand votes ahead of the ticket. He was a member of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, and of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He was married October 29, 1851, to Jeannette Hollister, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. There were six children, of whom only two survive: Mrs. Mary M. Ferry Allen and Mrs. Kate H. Hancock. He died at Park City, Utah, January 2, 1905, and is buried at Grand Haven, Michigan.



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