Library of Congress
FERRIS, Woodbridge Nathan (1853-1928)

FERRIS, WOODBRIDGE NATHAN, a Senator from Michigan; born in Spencer, Tioga County, N.Y., January 6, 1853; attended the academies of Spencer, Candor, and Oswego, N.Y., the Oswego Normal Training School 1870-1873, and the medical department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1873 and 1874; principal and superintendant of various schools in Illinois 1874-1884; settled in Big Rapids, Mich., where he established the Ferris Industrial School in 1884 and served as president until his death; president of the Big Rapids Savings Bank; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress and for Governor of Michigan in 1904; Governor of Michigan 1913-1916; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1920; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1922 and served from March 4, 1923, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 23, 1928; interment in Highland View Cemetery, Big Rapids, Mich.

Ferris State College Library
Big Rapids, MI
Papers: 1891-1899. Ca. 860 items. Correspondence relating to the administration of Ferris Institute, and concerning Ferris' views on education, politics, religion, and other subjects. Finding aid.

Michigan State University
University Archives and Historical Collections
East Lansing, MI
Papers: 1 letter (1913) in the William Carpenter papers; and 24 items on the 1913 Copper Strike in Michigan in the Roy Vandercook papers.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1912-1940. 100 items and 8 volumes. Political and family correspondence, scrapbooks of political career, and manuscript autobiography.
Additional Papers: Miscellaneous correspondence and photographs in various collections including Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974; Chase Salmon Osborn papers, 1889-1949; Jabez Thomas Sunderland papers, 1868-1936; Jesse Siddall Reeves papers, 1853-1942; Roy C. Vandercook papers, 1900-1957; Rebecca Shelley papers, 1890-1984; Earl C. Michener papers, 1898-1934 and 1940-1954; Nisbett family papers, 1892-1923; Henry Romaine Pattengill papers, 1861-1939; Edith Cushway Munger papers, 1907-1945; William Butts Mershon papers, 1848-1943; Clarence Cook Little papers, 1924-1929; Harry Burns Hutchins papers, 1879-1930; Emil Lorch papers, 1891-1963; James Burrill Angell papers, 1845-1916; Roy Dikeman Chapin papers, 1886-1937; James W. Helme papers, 1844-1928; Lucius Lee Hubbard papers, 1871-1935; Wilbert B. Hinsdale papers, 1895-1934; Fred Dustin papers, 1886-1957; Marion LeRoy Burton papers, 1901-1925; Junius Emery Beal papers, 1882-1946; Arthur J. Lacy papers, 1891-1975; Sligh family papers, 1842-1967; Roy Wood Sellare papers, 1914-1946; Rice Aner Beal papers, 1843-1883; Blake family papers, ca. 1872-1920; and Herbert F. Baker papers, 1904-1926. Finding aid.
Oral History: Discussed in interview with Edwin Chamberlin (1960) concerning dental legislation in Michigan. 15 pages.