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William Penn Adair Rogers

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Dog Iron Ranch, Oologah, Cooweescowee District, Indian Territory (within present Oklahoma), United States
Death: August 15, 1935 (55)
Point Barrow, Alaska Territory, United States (Plane crash )
Place of Burial: Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Senator Clement Vann Rogers, CSA and Mary America Rogers (Scrimsher)
Husband of Betty Rogers (Blake)
Father of Rep. William Vann Rogers, Jr. (D-CA); Mary Amelia Brooks; James Blake Rogers and Fred Stone Rogers
Brother of Elizabeth Rogers; Sarah Clementine McSpadden (Rogers); Robert Martin Rogers; Maud Ethel Lane (Rogers); May Stine and 2 others

Occupation: Humorist, Movie Star, Author, American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator, and stage & motion picture actor
Managed by: Stanley Welsh Duke, Jr.
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About Will Rogers (Famous Humorist)

One of America's brightest media stars during the 1920s and '30s, Will Rogers did rope tricks while making pointed -- and humorous -- political observations. He signed on with the Ziegfield Follies in 1915 and soon became a popular and well-paid stage performer. By 1918 he was starring in and producing movies in Hollywood. By the end of the '20s Rogers was a movie star, radio star and successful newspaper columnist. He had a way of making insightful and witty remarks on complicated issues, in simple terms and without rancor, a style audiences adored. Rogers is still famous for saying "I only know what I read in the newspaper" and "I never met a man I didn't like." He was killed in 1935 with pilot Wiley Post when their plane crashed in Alaska.

In the Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies, Rogers was portrayed by Keith Carradine... In the 1952 movie The Story of Will Rogers, Rogers was portrayed by his son, Will Rogers, Jr.... Between 1970 and 2000 Rogers was portrayed on stage by James Whitmore in the one-man show Will Rogers' U.S.A.

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From the English Wikipedia page on Will Rogers:


Will Rogers

Born November 4, 1879(1879-11-04)

Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

Died August 15, 1935 (aged 55)

Point Barrow, Alaska Territory

Occupation actor, comic, columnist, radio personality

Political party Democratic

Spouse(s) Betty (1879–1944)

Children William Vann "Bill"

Mary Amelia

James Blake

Fred Stone

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a Cherokee-American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor. He was the father of U.S. Congressman and WWII Veteran Will Rogers, Jr.

Known as Oklahoma's favorite son,[1] Rogers was born to a prominent Indian Territory family and learned to ride horses and use a lariat so well that he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three ropes at once—one around the neck of a horse, another around the horse's rider, and a third around all four legs of the horse[citation needed]. He ultimately traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"),[2] wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns,[3] and became a world-famous figure.

By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people, and was the top-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time. Rogers died in 1935 while on an around-the-world trip with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska Territory.


Masonic history: Will Rogers petitioned Claremont Lodge No. 53 on January 21, 1905 and received his degrees February 18, 1905, March 10 and 13, 1906. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Akdar Shrine Temple in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Humorist, Actor, Author. Born William Penn Adair Rogers the youngest of eight in Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory which would later be known as Oologah, Oklahoma to Mary America Scrimsher and Clem Rogers, a successful rancher. As a boy, he was taught the lariat by a former slave and became an expert rider and roper. He would later star in wild west shows and vaudeville around the world on the strengths learned on his father's ranch. He dropped out of school in the tenth grade and would always regret doing so. He married Betty Blake in November 1908 and they had four children; Will Jr., Mary, Jim, and Fred who died of diphtheria at two. He joined the Ziegfield Follies in 1917, which showcased his lariat skills, but gradually evolved to include observations about life, the country, and the government. He went to Hollywood in 1918 and appeared in such films as 'Laughing Bill Hyde' (1918), 'The Ropin' Fool' (1921), 'They Had to See Paris' (1929) and 'State Fair' (1934). He eventually starred in over 70 features and shorts. In 1934 he was voted the most popular actor in Hollywood. He also wrote a popular syndicated column and six books. He became a prominent radio broadcaster and political commentator basing a large part of his humor upon politics which he called the best show in the world, describing Congress as the "national joke factory." He is often quoted as saying: "I joked about every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never met one I didn't like." He once declined a nomination for the governorship of Oklahoma, but served as the mayor of Beverly Hills. Wiley Post, a famous aviator at the time, was a great friend of Will's who shared his love of flying. The pair set off in Wiley's bright red Lockheed Orion Sirius Explorer equipped with floats in the summer of 1935. Most experts now believe that a combination of miscalculations in the design and operation of the heavily customized aircraft resulted in the uncontrollable spin that occurred right after takeoff. They crashed at Point Barrow, Alaska, on August 15, 1935. Both men were killed on impact. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46780914" target="_blank Iola)] Cause of death: Plane Crash Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 01, 2001

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Will Rogers (Famous Humorist)'s Timeline

November 4, 1879
Oologah, Cooweescowee District, Indian Territory (within present Oklahoma), United States
October 20, 1911
Age 31
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
May 18, 1913
Age 33
Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, United States
July 15, 1915
Age 35
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
July 15, 1918
Age 38
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
August 15, 1935
Age 55
Point Barrow, Alaska Territory, United States
August 15, 1935
Age 55
Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States