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 Columbus William “Mr Democrat” Ferguson

Columbus William “Mr Democrat” Ferguson

Birth
New Mexico, USA
Death 19 Sep 1998 (aged 80)
Taos, Taos County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Plot 10, 0, 379
Military PVT, US ARMY
Memorial ID 643701 · View Source
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Columbus was the son of Isais Varos and Teresita Ferguson. Early on, when they were still married, his last name was Varos; I don't yet know when he started going by his mother's last name.

He was also grandson of Columbus Ferguson (# 21953063), son of Elijah Ferguson (from Kentucky) and Marianne Quinche (from Switzerland by way of Red River Colony in Canada).

Fought in WWII; was at the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Purple Heart for the gunshot wound he received near Berlin.

Inducted into the New Mexico Democratic Hall of Fame in Jan 1990. Was Sheriff of Taos county from 1949 - 1953. Was District Supervisor for the State Bureau of Revenue from 1955 - 1956 and worked for the State Land Office in the Oil and Gas Department from 1957 - 1963 (assistant director last three years). Served on the State Corporation Commission 1963 - 1972.

With first wife (name not yet discovered), who died in 1960, he had six children: Robert, Vonavita, Emma, Joseph, Michael and Patty. With his second wife, Mollie Rivera, he had a son, Adam.

He died from complications of Parkinsons disease, which he'd had since (at least) 1977.


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  • Maintained by: emersunrose
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 643701
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Columbus William “Mr Democrat” Ferguson (17 Sep 1918–19 Sep 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 643701, citing Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by emersunrose (contributor 47205123) .