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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
J. LEE FERGUSON, a native of Pike County, Ky., was born November 12, 1858, and is a son of Dr. Stephen M. and Lucinda (Weddington) Ferguson, natives of Russell County, Va., and Pike County, Ky., and the latter a daughter of William Weddington, for many years a prominent man and judge of Pike County. Dr. Stephen M. Ferguson, who is a man about sixty-five years of age, settled in Pike County when about twenty-one years old, was educated at the Emery and Henry Colleges. He read medicine under one of the professors of Baltimore College, and has since practiced in Pike and adjoining counties. He resides at the mouth of Mud Creek, Pike County. He served as Lieutenant-Colonel of the Thirty-ninth Kentucky Regiment, Union army, from September, 1862, until September, 1865. He has also been engaged in mercantile pursuits. J. Lee Ferguson received his education at Kingsport, Tenn., where he graduated in 1876. In 1880 he entered the Louisville Law School, and the following year graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He began practice in 1881 in Pikeville, where in August, 1886, he was elected county attorney. He was editor of the Pike County Times, and in 1885-86 conducted the Pike County Enterprise. He is a Mason and a Republican.