Joseph T. Ferguson (May 12, 1892 - October 1979) was an American politician and perennial candidate from Ohio who participated in the Democratic Party. He served as Auditor of State for 18 years and as Treasurer of State of Ohio for 4 years. His nickname was Jumpin' Joe. Both Ferguson's father, Clan Ferguson, and son, Thomas E. Ferguson, served as Auditor of State of Ohio. From 1937 to 1995, the three men held the position for 40 of the 58 years.
Joseph T. Ferguson was born in Perry County in 1892. Not much is known about his private life. He ran unsuccessfully in 1928 for the Office of the Auditor of State of Ohio. His candidacy in 1936 was successful. He was re-elected three times as a result. In his fourth re-election in 1952, he suffered a defeat. Ferguson held the post of Auditor of State from 1937 to 1953. During this time he ran in 1944 for the Democratic nomination for the office of President of the United States. He participated in 1944, 1960 and 1972 as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions. In 1950, he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States Senate. From 1959 to 1963, Ferguson was Treasurer of the State of Ohio. From 1971 to 1975 he then again held the post of Auditor of State of Ohio. After his death, he was buried at Saint Mary Cemetery in Lancaster, Ohio. (Ohio).
Ferguson was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles, Moose, Grange, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
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