Ferguson, Margaret Clay
- Charles W. Carey Jr.
Ferguson, Margaret Clay (20 August 1863–28 August 1951), botanist, was born in Orleans, New York, the daughter of Robert Bell Ferguson and Hannah Mariah Warner, farmers. In 1877, at the age of fourteen, Ferguson was both a student at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary in Lima, New York, and a teacher in the local public school. She graduated from Genesee in 1885 and was promoted to assistant principal in 1887. In 1888 she enrolled in Wellesley College’s “teacher special” program for working teachers who wished to further their careers as educators. After concentrating on botany and chemistry, in 1891 she accepted a position as head of the science department at Harcourt Place Seminary in Gambier, Ohio, but returned to Wellesley two years later as a botany instructor. In 1896 she left Wellesley to tour Europe and, in 1897, enrolled at Cornell University, from which she received a B.S. in 1899 and a Ph.D. in botany in 1901....