Meet Joseph E. Ferguson
Joseph E. Ferguson was born in Magnolia Iowa on January 27th, 1867. He was the 7th of 12 children, the family had 7 sons and 5 daughters. His parents were William and Susan McFeeley, both born in Ireland. They relocated to Iowa in 1858, William was both a blacksmith and a farmer. Joseph worked on his parents’ farm in the summer months and went to school in the winters. He earned money for his college courses and entered at the age of 24. He attended public school in Magnolia and Iowa State Agricultural College in Ames Iowa.
Joseph began working as a surveyor for 2 years, he was formally trained as a civil engineer. He was elected the County Surveyor in 1893 and then he was re elected. After working as a surveyor, he was admitted to the Bar of Iowa. In 1894 he entered the law office of Senator L.R. Bolter. He was admitted to practice at the Supreme Court of Iowa in May, 1897.