Guide to the Washington (State) Governors Ferry and McGraw Records 1889-1897
Cage 435

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Washington (State) Governors Ferry and McGraw Records
ID
Cage 435
Date [inclusive]
1889-1897
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.25 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of: correspondence, minutes, financial records and other papers of Governors Ferry and McGraw relating to Washington State University, its Presidents, Regents, faculty and activities. All materials within the collection are photocopies of materials at Washington State Archives Olympia (Washington).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Washington (State) Governors Ferry and McGraw, Records, 1889-1897

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Elisha Peyre Ferry was born in Monroe, Michigan on August 9, 1825. After being admitted to the Illinois Bar, he practiced law in Waukegan and became the city's first Mayor. He was a member of the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1861. From 1861 to 1863, he served in the Civil War while also holding the position of Illinois State Bank Commissioner. In 1869 he was appointed Surveyor-General of Washington Territory by President Ulysses Grant and was promoted to Territorial Governor in 1872. As territorial governor, he oversaw the removal of the British to restore San Juan Islands to the United States. He also played a key role in Washington's movement for statehood. He went on to practice law and became vice president of the Puget Sound National Bank in Seattle before winning the governorship when Washington achieved statehood in 1889. Ill during part of his term, he retired rather than seek reelection. He died of heart failure on October 14, 1895 and was buried in Seattle.

John Harte McGraw was born in Penobscot County, Maine on October 4, 1850. He moved west when the grocery store that he had opened with his brother failed in the Panic of 1873. He worked briefly in San Francisco before relocating to Seattle. He joined the city's four-man police force, after which he was elected City Marshal and appointed Police Chief by the City Council in 1879, and then re-elected/reappointed to these positions for an additional two years. He was elected Sheriff of King County in 1882 and reelected in 1884. He studied law while serving as sheriff, and went on to practice law before being reelected sheriff in 1888. He then became president of Seattle First National Bank. He was campaign manager for the first U.S. Senators from Washington, after which he ran successfully for governor in 1892. During his gubernatorial term, he guided the enactment of legislation codifying land laws and providing for a State Land Commission. His administration ended when the Fusionist Party defeated statewide Republican candidates in the 1896 election. The new gubernatorial administration investigated the sheriff's office account during McGraw's terms and determined that he owed the state $10,000. He sold his property to secure the money and went to the Klondike in what turned out to be a successful effort to regain his fortune. He then returned to Seattle and began a real estate and insurance business. He served as president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce from 1905 until 1907. Governor McGraw died of typhoid fever on June 23, 1910. [source: National Governors Association]

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of: correspondence, minutes, financial records and other papers of Governors Ferry and McGraw relating to Washington State University, its Presidents, Regents, faculty and activities. All materials within the collection are photocopies of materials at Washington State Archives Olympia (Washington).

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Washington Territory Governors' Papers, 1877-1891 (Cage 259)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University--History--Sources

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Politics and politicians
  • Territorial Government
  • Washington (State)

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