William Findlay ROGERS, Congress, NY (1820-1899)


ROGERS, William Findlay, (son of Thomas Jones Rogers), a Representative from New York; born in Forks Township, near the borough of Easton, Pa., March 1, 1820; moved with his parents to Philadelphia, where he attended the common schools; returned to Easton, Pa., and entered a printing office in 1832; returned to Philadelphia in 1834 and continued working at his trade; established a paper at Honesdale, Pa., in 1840; moved to Buffalo, N.Y., in 1846; was foreman in the office of the Buffalo Daily Courier; established and managed the Buffalo Republic in 1850; member of Company D, Buffalo City Guard, in 1846; served in the Civil War as colonel of the Twenty-first Regiment, New York Volunteers; mustered out in 1863; comptroller of the city of Buffalo in 1867 and mayor in 1869; secretary and treasurer of the park commissioners in 1871; nominated for the State senate in 1878, but declined; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; superintendent of the Soldiersâ and Sailorsâ Home at Bath, N.Y., from 1887 to 1897; died in Buffalo, N.Y., on December 16, 1899; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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