|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1873|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1953|
(source: Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.), 13 August 1915. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045389/1915-08-13/ed-1/seq-10/):
Homer L. Ferguson has been elected president of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, to succeed Albert L. Hopkins, who lost his life when the Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine. Mr. Ferguson, who is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, has been vice-president of the company for several years, and is widely known in naval construction circles.
Born in Waynesville, Haywood County, N. C, forty-two years ago, Mr. Ferguson comes of prominent Old North State family. His father was Judge W. B. Ferguson, and two of his brothers have been prominent in the United States service.
Major Harley B. Ferguson, United States Army, a brother, gained a national reputation by his work in connection with raising the battleship Maine, which was sunk in Havana harbor in 1898, bringing on the war with Spain. Another brother, W. B. Ferguson, is a graduate of the Naval Academy, and recently resigned his commission in the navy to become superintendent of a commercial plant.
The new president of the shipbuilding plant graduated at Annapolis in 1892, and then went to Glasgow, Scotland, for post-graduate work in naval architecture. He became an assistant naval constructor and a few years later was given full rank, being stationed at Newport News as naval constructor. In 1895 he resigned from the navy to accept a position as superintendent of hull construction in the shipyards, later being placed in charge of all construction work. He became vice-president of the company in 1912. and his election to succeed Mr. Hopkins was unanimous.
President Wilson named Mr. Ferguson to represent the United States at
the international conference in London last year to recommend measures to promote safety at sea. In shipping circles he is regarded as one of the greatest shipbuilders in the country and is well qualified as an organizer and disciplinarian. He is also a director of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.
William Burder Ferguson (1838 - 1911)
Laura Adalaide Reeves Ferguson (1845 - 1913)
Eliza A. Skinner Ferguson (1872 - 1967)*
Ida Lynn Ferguson Orr (1869 - 1971)*
Herbert Reeves Ferguson (1870 - 1908)*
Homer Lenoir Ferguson (1873 - 1953)
Harley Bascom Ferguson (1875 - 1968)*
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