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Anthony Astley Cooper ROGERS

(1821-1899)

ROGERS, Anthony Astley Cooper, a Representative from Arkansas; born in Clarksville, Sumner County, Tenn., February 14, 1821; received a limited schooling; engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to Arkansas in 1854; candidate of the Union supporters for delegate to the State convention in 1861; opposed secession; arrested for his loyalty, was imprisoned, and forced to give bond to answer the charge of “treason against the Confederate Government”; elected to the Thirty-eighth Congress but was not allowed to take his seat, his State not having been readmitted; moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1864 and engaged in the real estate business; returned to Arkansas in 1868; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1871); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; postmaster at Pine Bluff, Ark., from January 7, 1881, to July 24, 1885; again engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1888 and died there July 27, 1899; interment in Rosedale Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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