Biography of Spencer C. Rodgers
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Rodgers, Spencer C., was born in Lyons, N. Y., December 12, 1844. After receiving a common school education he learned the printers' trade in the Lyons Republican office, at the same time devoting himself to acquiring a knowledge of stenography. He afterwards followed the printing business in New York and Brooklyn, where he also pursued stenography, his first actual practice being the reporting of Henry Ward Beecher's sermons, and subsequently acting as stenographer in the secret service of the government and in the United States Courts of the Northern District of New York for two years. In 1868 he was induced by the late gon. Wm. A. Beach to locate at Troy, and was at once appointed an official stenographer of the Supreme Court of the Third Judicial District, embracing seven counties; for many years he has also been the official stenographer of the county courts of Rensselaer, Albany, Schoharie and Ulster. From 1872 until 1880 he also acted officially as stenographer for the courts of Bennington, Rutland and Franklin counties, Vt. In 1875 and 1883 he was elected official stenographer of the New York Assembly. He is one of the charter members of the State Stenographers' Association, serving as president in 1880 and 1892, and in 1883 was preidentof the International Congress of Stenographers of the United States and Canada. In 1883 he formed a partnership with James M. Ruso. of Albany, under the firm name of Rodgers & Ruso, and in 1893, by the addition of John E. Kelly, of Troy, the firm became Rodgers, Ruso & Kelly, which partnership still continues, and also conducts the largest typewriting and lawyer's supply house in this section of the State. During about thirty years of official court service he has reported seventy five capital cases, and nearly every noted trial in eastern New York. He has been official stenographer of the National Association of Stove Manufacturers for twenty years.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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