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FERGUSON, Samuel David, P. E. bishop, born in Charleston, South Carolina, 1 January 1842. He immigrated with his parents to Liberia, in Africa, at the age of six years. He received his education in the mission schools under Bishop Payne, was appointed a teacher in 1862, and was ordained deacon by the bishop, 28 December 1865, and priest, 15 March 1868. During his deaconate he served as assistant minister in St. Mark's parish, Harper, and when made priest, became rector of the same parish. He was president of the standing committee for several years, and also business agent of the mission, and superintendent of the Cape Palmas female orphan asylum and girls' school. Having been elected missionary bishop for West Africa in 1885, he came to the United States, and was consecrated in Grace Church, New York City, 24 June 1885. Soon afterward he returned to Cape Palmas, Liberia, and entered upon the duties of his office.
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