FERGUSSON, Harvey Butler (1848-1915)

FERGUSSON, HARVEY BUTLER, a Delegate from the Territory of New Mexico and a Representative from New Mexico; born near Pickensville, Pickens County, Ala., September 9, 1848; attended the public schools of Alabama; was graduated from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1873 and from the law department of that university in 1874; taught in the Shenandoah Valley Academy, Winchester, Va.; was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced the practice of law in Wheeling, W.Va.; moved to White Oaks, Lincoln County, N.Mex., in 1882, and to Albuquerque, N.Mex., in 1883; engaged in the practice of law; special United States attorney in 1893 and 1894; member of the Democratic National Committee 1896-1904; elected as a Democrat a Delegate to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress and for election in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; upon the admission of New Mexico as a State into the Union was elected to the Sixty-second Congress; reelected to the Sixty-third Congress and served from January 8, 1912, to March 3, 1915; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; died in Albuquerque, N.Mex., June 10, 1915; remains were cremated.

University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research General Library
Albuquerque, NM
Papers: 1910-1911, 1 folder.
This collection contains 57 typewritten letters sent by Harvey Fergusson, dated March 18, 1910-Novenber 10, 1911. Primarily the letters relate to the New Mexico Constitutional Convention of 1910. They are addressed to Felix Martinez, James D. Whelan, E.C. de Baca, J.G. Fitch, M.W. McCoy and others. Also in the collection is a list of names for statehood proceedings in the Senate committee, a paper containing excerpts about Fergusson from Lincoln County newspapers, 1883-1884, and some miscellaneous notes.

Papers: In the Huning-Fergusson Family Papers, ca. 1812-1950, 2.26 cubic feet.
Persons represented include Harvey Fergusson.

  • Roberts, Calvin A. "H.B. Fergusson, 1848-1915: New Mexico Spokesman for Political Reform." New Mexico Historical Review 57 (July 1982): 237-55.