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Will ROGERS

(1898-1983)

ROGERS, Will, a Representative from Oklahoma; born on a farm near Bessie, Washita County, Oklahoma Territory (now Oklahoma), December 12, 1898; attended the public schools, and Southwestern Teachers College, Weatherford, Okla.; Central Teachers College, Edmond, Okla., B.S., 1926 and A.B., 1929; and from the University of Oklahoma at Norman, M.S., 1930; teacher in the public schools at Bessie, Okla., 1917-1919; principal of the public schools at Bartlesville, Okla., 1919-1923; superintendent of schools in several Oklahoma school districts, 1923-1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1943); chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Seventy-fourth through Seventy-seventh Congresses); while serving as a Representative at large was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1941 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sam C. Massingale in the Seventh District for the Seventy-seventh Congress; was not a candidate for renomination in 1942; admitted to Oklahoma bar in 1942; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination of secretary of state of Oklahoma in 1943; employed by the Department of the Interior 1943-1945; assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., in 1946 and 1947; hearing examiner, Department of Agriculture, May 1947 until retirement in 1968; engaged in building and real estate management; was a resident of McLean, Va. until his death August 3, 1983 in Falls Church, Va.; cremated, ashes interred at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Va.

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

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