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Lawyer , corporation executive.

Chester Howell Ferguson, American lawyer, corporation executive. Decorated Air medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, also Chinese decoration.


Ferguson, Chester Howell was born on July 1, 1908 in Americus, Georgia, United States. Son of Sidney Hugh and Barbara (White) Ferguson.


Student, Mercer University, University Ala.


Bar: Florida bar 1930. With Macfarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly (and predecessors), Tampa, 1930-1983, member firm, 1935-1983. Chairman Mutual Broadcasting System, Inc., 1959-1960.

Vice chairman, director Ling-Temco-Vought Corporation. Chairman Lykes Brothers, Inc., 1969-1983, First Florida Banks, Inc., 1st National Bank in Palm Beach, 1970-1979. Director American Ship Building Corporation, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company, Lykes Brothers S.S. Company, Inc., Lykes Pasco Packing Company, Knight & Wall Company, Bank of Clearwater, 1st National Bank Florida, Lewis State Bank, Tampa Ship Repair & Dry Dock Company, Inc., Kennesaw Life & Accident Insurance Company Director Civil Defense Hillsborough County, also Gulf Coast district Florida, 1947-1963.

Trustee U. Tampa, 1950-1983. Board regents Florida State University System, 1969-1983. chairman, 1965-1969.


Served from First lieutenant to colonel United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946. Member Florida Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce (Board of Governors), American Legion, Air Force Association, Military Order World Wars, Newcomen Society, American, Florida, Tampa bar associations, American College Trial Lawyers, Maritime Law Association, American College Probate Counsel, Blue Key, Phi Delta Theta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma. Clubs: Rotary (Tampa), University (Tampa), Tampa Yacht and Country (Tampa), Palma Ceia Golf and Country (Tampa), Merrymakers (Tampa), Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (Tampa).


Married Louise Lykes, December 2, 1939. Children: Stella Louise, Howell Lykes.

Sidney Hugh Ferguson

Barbara (White) Ferguson

Louise Lykes

Stella Louise Ferguson

Howell Lykes Ferguson