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John Henry ROGERS

(1845-1911)

ROGERS, John Henry, a Representative from Arkansas; born near Roxobel, Bertie County, N.C., October 9, 1845; moved to Mississippi in 1852 with his parents, who settled near Madison Station; attended the common schools; joined the Ninth Mississippi Volunteer Regiment, Confederate service, as a private in March 1862; promoted to first lieutenant in the same regiment and served throughout the war; attended Centre College, Danville, Ky., and was graduated from the law department of the University of Mississippi at Oxford in 1868; was admitted to the bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Canton, Miss.; moved to Fort Smith, Ark., in 1869 and practiced law; elected circuit judge in 1877; reelected in 1878 and resigned in May 1882; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Fiftieth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law in Fort Smith, Ark.; member of the Democratic State convention in 1892; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; appointed United States district judge for the western district of Arkansas by President Cleveland on November 27, 1896, and served until his death in Little Rock, Ark., on April 16, 1911; interment in Oak Cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark.

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

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