1853 : Woodbridge N. Ferris Born, Future Michigan Governor

January 6, 2023 all-day

Photo of Woodbridge N. Ferris, courtesy of Ferris State University
Photo of Ferris taking the oath of office as Governor of Michigan, 1913.

On January 6, 1853, Woodbridge N. Ferris, Michigan governor from 1913-1916, was born in Spencer, NY.

As governor, Ferris advocated prohibition and sent the state militia to the Upper Peninsula during a copper miner’s strike.

In 1922, the Democrat was elected to the U.S. Senate, but is best remembered for founding the Ferris Technological Institute, now called Ferris State University.


Woodbridge N. Ferris Bio from Ferris State University

The Autobiography of Woodbridge N. Ferris

Photo Essay W. N. Ferris’ Life and Relationships

Photo essay from Ferris State University

Leave a Reply