John W. Ferdon

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John W. Ferdon
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byGeorge M. Beebe
Succeeded byLewis Beach
Member of the New York State Senate for the 7th District
In office
January 1, 1856 – December 31, 1857
Preceded byWilliam H. Robertson
Succeeded byJohn Doherty
Member of the New York State Assembly for Rockland County
In office
January 1, 1855 – December 31, 1855
Preceded byJohn I. Suffern
Succeeded byEdward Whritenour
Personal details
Born(1826-12-13)December 13, 1826
Piermont, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 5, 1884(1884-08-05) (aged 57)
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
Political partyKnow Nothing
ResidenceFerdon Hall
Alma materRutgers College

John William Ferdon (December 13, 1826 – August 5, 1884) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

Early life[edit]

Ferdon was born in Piermont, New York on December 13, 1826, he was the son of William Ferdon (1787–1872) and Elizabeth (née Perry) Ferdon (1792–1869).

Ferdon graduated from Rutgers College in 1847. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced.[1]


He was a Know Nothing member of the New York State Assembly (Rockland Co.) in 1855; and of the New York State Senate (7th D.) in 1856 and 1857.[1]

He was delegate to the 1864 (where Abraham Lincoln was renominated for President) and 1876 Republican National Conventions (where Rutherford B. Hayes was nominated for President).[1]

Ferdon was elected as a Republican to the 46th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1881.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ferndon was married to Harriet Strong (1825–1893),[2] a daughter of prominent mathematician and professor Theodore Strong,[3] his wife was the aunt of New Jersey State Senator Theodore Strong. Together, they were the parents of five children, three daughters and two sons:[4]

  • Lucy Dix Ferdon (1851–1896), who married Hoffman Rogers (1846–1912), a descendant of William Bayard Jr., in 1872.[5]
  • James Perry Ferdon (1856–1937).[4]
  • Elizabeth Perry Ferdon (1857–1896), who married George Matthew Gillies (1859–1918).[6]
  • Mary Van Dyke Ferdon (1860–1924), who married William Herbert Shaw (1857–1915).[7]
  • Theodore William Dwight Ferdon (1869–1904).[4]

Ferdon died of kidney disease after an illness of six weeks on August 5, 1884 in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey,[8] he was buried at a private cemetery on the Ferdon estate in Piermont, New York. His home at Piermont, known as Ferdon Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "FERDON, John William - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  2. ^ "HARRIET S. FERDON -- Death of a Woman Formerly a Resident of New Brunswick". The Daily Times. October 4, 1893. p. 1. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ Bradley, Joseph P. (1879). A Memoir of Theodore Strong, LL.D.: Prepared at the Request of The National Academy of Science, and Read Before that Body, Thursday Evening, April 17, 1879. Joseph L. Pearson. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Dwight, Benjamin Woodbridge (1871). The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. J. Munsell. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  5. ^ Rogers, James Swift (1902). James Rogers of New London, Ct: And His Descendants; the Compiler. p. 241. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  6. ^ Who's Who in Chicago. A.N. Marquis & Company. 1926. p. 338. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  7. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Current volume. J.T. White. 1930. p. 78. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  8. ^ "JOHN W. FERDON". The New York Times. August 7, 1884. p. 5. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  9. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/16/11 through 5/20/11. National Park Service. 2011-05-27.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
John I. Suffern
New York State Assembly
Rockland County

Succeeded by
Edward Whritenour
New York State Senate
Preceded by
William H. Robertson
New York State Senate
7th District

Succeeded by
John Doherty
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George M. Beebe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Lewis Beach