William Findlay Rogers

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Maj. Gen. William Findlay Rogers
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byJonathan Scoville
Succeeded byJohn M. Farquhar
29th Mayor of Buffalo, New York
In office
1868–1869
Preceded byChandler J. Wells
Succeeded byAlexander Brush
Personal details
BornMarch 1, 1820
Forks Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 16, 1899(1899-12-16) (aged 79)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Caroline Waldron
(her death 1847)

Phoebe Demony
(m. 1849; her death 1890)
Children4
ParentsThomas Jones Rogers
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Union
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Years of service1861-1863
RankUnion Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Bvt. Brigadier General
Commands21st New York Infantry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

William Findlay Rogers (March 1, 1820 – December 16, 1899) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York.[1]

Rogers is probably best remembered today as the mayor and parks commissioner who hired Frederick Law Olmsted to design Buffalo's park system and its showpiece, Delaware Park. Rogers also supported the foundation of the Buffalo Zoo.

Early life[edit]

William Findlay Rogers was born in Forks Township, Pennsylvania, near the borough of Easton, Pennsylvania, on March 1, 1820. He was the son of U.S. Representative Thomas Jones Rogers and Mary (née Winters) Rogers, daughter of Christian Winters.[2]

He moved with his parents to Philadelphia, where he attended the common schools. Rogers returned to Easton and entered a printing office in 1832.[3] Two years later, he returned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and continued working at his trade.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1840, Rogers established a paper at Honesdale, Pennsylvania. In 1846, he moved to Buffalo, New York and became a foreman in the office of the Buffalo Daily Courier. Rogers established and managed the Buffalo Republic in 1850.[2]

Rogers served as a member of Company D of the Buffalo City Guard, in 1846, and served in the American Civil War as colonel of the 21st New York Volunteer Infantry.[4] He mustered out in 1863.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 1867, he became the comptroller of the city of Buffalo and its mayor in 1869. He served as secretary and treasurer of the Buffalo park commissioners in 1871. He was nominated for the New York State Senate in 1878, but declined.[5]

Rogers was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884.[5] He served as the superintendent of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Bath, New York, from 1887 to 1897.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers was twice married and the father of four children. He was first married to Caroline M. Waldron (1821–1847), and they were the parents of one son:[2]

  • Franklin Rogers, who became a printer.[2]

After her death, he married Phoebe Demony (1830–1890) in 1849.[2] They were the parents of:

  • Mary Rogers, who married William C. Brown.[2]
  • Florence R. Rogers (1861–1932), who married Charles N. Armstrong (1858–1927).[2]
  • Thomas J. Rogers, a prominent civil engineer.[2]

He died in Buffalo on December 16, 1899, and is interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hakes, Harlo; Aldrich, Lewis Cass (1896). Landmarks of Steuben County, New York. D. Mason. p. 1. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ Soderlund, Jean R.; Parzynski, Catherine S. (2008). Backcountry Crucibles: The Lehigh Valley from Settlement to Steel. Associated University Presse. p. 246. ISBN 9780934223805. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York. New York (State) Legislature Assembly. 1912. p. 1971. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "ROGERS, William Findlay - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ Roll of Honor, The Buffalo Commercial, (Buffalo, New York) May 31, 1900, page 8, accessed May 19, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/11102133/roll_of_honot_the_buffalo_commercial/

Sources[edit]

  • "William F. Rogers". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27.

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Chandler J. Wells
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
1868–1869
Succeeded by
Alexander Brush
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jonathan Scoville
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district

1883–1885
Succeeded by
John M. Farquhar