Biography of James T. Rogers
Broome County, NY Biographies





JAMES TRACY ROGERS - In the law, his chosen field of professional endeavor, Mr. Rogers has attained a position of large success, and is one of the foremost men of Broome county, New York, but it is in his service to the State as a legislator, covering a period of nine years, that he won the widest renown. Mr. Rogers is a member of an old Tioga county family, and a son of Dr. Cornelius R. and Henrietta T. Rogers, his father an able and well known physician of his day.

James Tracy Rogers was born in Owego, Tioga county, New York, April 18, 1864. His education was begun in the schools of Whitney Point, and he later attended school in Newark Valley, and at the Owego Free Academy, then, having chosen law as his field of professional endeavor, he entered Cornell University Law School, from which he was graduated in the class of 1893. Admitted to the bar of New York State the fall prior to his graduation, Mr. Rogers was a law clerk in Syracuse for a time, then in 1894 he came to Binghamton and formed a partnership with S. Mark Smith, entering upon the general practice of law. In 1898, following the dissolution of the first partnership, Mr. Rogers became a member of the firm of Roberts, Tuthill & Rogers, and this partnership endured for a period of ten years. Since retiring from public life Mr. Rogers has been able to devote his entire attention to his legal practice, and since the dissolution of the above firm in 1908, he has practiced alone. Forceful as an orator, convincing as an advocate, and possessed of a commanding presence, he is a formidable adversary, and his clientele is a large and influential one. Mr. Rogers' prominence in the affairs of the commonwealth began with his election to the State Assembly in 1898, and his record during the first term of service was such as to cause his subsequent reelections, covering nine years of activity as a member of that body. From 1903 until 1905, inclusive, he served as chairman of the ways and means committee of the Assembly by virtue of which he was the majority leader. In 1902 he was made chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and his work was widely commended. His most far reaching activity, however, was undoubtedly as a member of the famous Joint Legislative Insurance Investigating Committee of 1905. The research and findings of this committee, when brought before the Legislature, were the means of some of the most constructive and beneficial legislation having to do with life insurance in recent times. Mr. Rogers was made chairman of the insurance committee in 1906, and served as such during the remainder of his stay at the capitol, following up with tireless and painstaking efforts the stabilizing of the better conditions in the establishment of which he had a share.

Fraternally Mr. Rogers has been a member of the Improved Order of Red Men since the year 1885. He has held important offices in the councils of the order, of both State and National import, and in 1918, at the Chicago session of the National body, he was elected to the office of Great Incohonee, the highest in the gift of the order. He is also a very prominent member ef the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, having served successfully as potentate of Kalurah Temple in 1908-9-10, and being an honorary life member of the Imperial Council of that order. He is also a member of Binghamton Lodge, No. 852, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Rogers has long taken a deep interest in benevolent and charitable advance, is a director of the Broome County Humane Society, having become affiliated with the organization in this capacity in 1917; and is a trustee of the House of Good Shepherd. His social connections include membership in the University Club, and he is a member of Christ Church.

Mr. Rogers married, in Binghamton, in 1912, Mrs. Emily (lodge) Grunnnond, who died August 10, 1917. Mr. Rogers subsequently married Mrs. Ethel Coffin Drew, in 1920, and by the latter marriage has an infant son, James T., Jr.

From:
Binghamton and Broome County
New York
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924


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