Alexander Ferguson (c1846-1931) was Mayor of Palmerston North 1885-86, and a Borough Councillor 1878-1884 and 1888. A Scotsman by birth, he came to New Zealand on the 'Star of Germany and arrived in Palmerston North about 1878. He bought George Snelson's store which he ran as a grocery and hardware business in The Square. He left Palmerston North c1888 and is thought to have 'farmed beyond Feilding', lived in Wanganui for 14 years and ended up in Tauranga, where he died in August 1931. In 1925, he presented a Mayoral Chain of office to the Borough Council.