Biography of John T. Rogers
Ukiah Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





John T. Rogers. Was born in Lexington City, Lafayette county, Missouri, August 7, 1848. He sprang from an ancestry immediately from Kentucky and remotely, in the time of the Revolution, from Virginia. This latter stock sprang from an Irish patriot, exiled by England a century before. Senator Cockrell, of Missouri, is a maternal uncle, and Senator Logan, of Illinois, is a member of the original stock. November 5, 1852, his parents, sister, and self arrived in Sonoma county, California, and settled about five miles southwest of Santa Rosa. In 1864 he entered the Pacific Methodist College at Vacaville, Solano county, where he remained about two and a half years. In 1867 he was matriculated at Santa Clara College, and remained there nearly three years, taking at each institution the regular classical course. He received several medals for proficiency, and a gold one valued at $100 for a prize essay on the subject, " Was the killing of Julius Caesars justified," which he denied. In January, 1870, he began reading law at San Francisco in ex Governor H. H. Haight's office, and continued with Judge Thomas at Santa Rosa. In November of that year, by reason of intense application, his eyes were painfully affected by an inflammation. Under medical advice to give them rest he spent two years in driving cattle from Texas to Nevada. Thinking a restoration of his eyes was effected, in December, 1872, he entered Harvard Law School at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and continued till the next September, when painful and failing eyesight compelled him to desist. He then returned to California via Panama, and in the following March began merchandising at Booneville, Mendocino county. In 1876 he was fortunate enough to be successfully treated for his troubles, by Dr. W. F. Smith, a San Francisco oculist, and July 5th of the last named year he moved to Ukiah. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of this State, November 12, 1878, and in March, 1879, he formed a partnership with Judge H. L. Gillaspie, at Ukiah. January 1, 1874, he was united in marriage with Miss S C Hunt, and has two boys, Ravone, aged six, and Earle, two and a half years. He is an active member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Workmen orders. In politics he is a conservative Democrat; in habits temperate and moral; and in religion liberal.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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