Rogers, Watson M., was born in cape Vincent, December 3, 1846, and is a son of Fordyce M. and Eleanor (Van Nostrand)
Rogers, the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter of Jefferson county, Watson M. was a student in the
Watertown High School, and also attended the Jefferson County Institute. He commenced the study of law in 1867,
and the same year entered the Albany Law School, graduating from that institution in 1868. He subsequently studied
in the office of Hammond & Winslow of Watertown, and in 1873 became associated with Frederick Lansing, which
partnership was dissolved upon Mr. Lansing’s election to Congress in 1888. He served as district attorney for two
terms, from 1874 to 1880. In January, 1892, he took Joseph Atwell as copartner. They are still in practice together.