Ferguson, Daniel (1891–1963)

By: Decherd Turner

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: January 1, 1995

Daniel Ferguson, lawyer and book collector, was born at Chireno, Texas, on December 8, 1891, son of Richard Oliver and Minnie Jane (Pate) Ferguson. He attended Nacogdoches public schools and graduated from the University of Texas with an LL.B. degree in 1916. He interrupted his Dallas law practice during World War I for service as a second lieutenant in the army air corps. For forty years Ferguson was an attorney with the Magnolia Petroleum Company. During that time he built a remarkable private library on Texas and the Southwest; he used this collection to study the relationships of early churches and education in Texas, about which he published several articles. In 1956 he presented his library of 5,500 volumes and his collection of presidential signatures to the Bridwell Library of Southern Methodist University. A catalogue of the collection was published in 1960. Ferguson was a trustee and member of the board of Oak Lawn Methodist Church, Dallas, and a member of the Texas State Historical Association. He was a Mason and a member of the State Bar of Texas. He married Lucile Harding on June 27, 1923, and they had three children. After Lucile died in 1932, he married Ten Tower, on June 2, 1935. He was the uncle of Senator John Tower. Ferguson died on December 17, 1963, and was buried at Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas.

Dallas Times Herald, December 18, 1963. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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Decherd Turner, “Ferguson, Daniel,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/ferguson-daniel.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995

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