Biography of James T. Rogers
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





JAMES T. ROGERS was born in April, 1864, in Owego, two miles north of the village, son of Dr. C. R. and Henrietta H. (Tracy) Rogers. When Dr. C. R. Rogers was four years of age his father removed with the family to Whitney's Point in Broome county. Here he studied medicine and commenced its practice. Several years later he removed .to Newark Valley where he now resides. James received his early education at the schools of Whitney's Point and Newark Valley, and completed his school course in the Owego academy in 1881. He became a clerk in the Owego poetoffice, and in 1883 was appointed assistant postmaster. It was under his supervision that the free delivery system was inaugurated in the village. In January, 1889, he commenced to study law in the office of Howard J. Mead, and held the offices of clerk of the surrogate court and village clerk of Owego until the fall of 1891, when he resigned and entered the law department of Cornell university. In his junior year at college he was unanimously chosen president of his class, On September 16, 1892, Mr. Rogers was admitted to the bar at Ithaca, before completing his studies. Later receiving the appointment as librarian of the law school, he returned to Ithaca college and was graduated in June, 1893, with the degree of bachelor of laws. Mr. Rogers was one of six members of his class selected by competition to participate in the annual law school prize debate, one of the events of commencement week; and at the contest he was awarded first prize. Before he graduated Mr. Rogers had accepted a clerkship in the law office of White & Cheney, at Syracuse, where he remained seven months after leaving school. In March, 1894, he formed a partnership with S. Mack Smith, of Binghamton, N. Y., which still exists. In May, 1895, Mr. Rogers was appointed police attorney at Binghamton. Mr. Rogers is a member of Friendship Lodge, F. & A. M., and is past sachem of Ahwaga Tribe, I. O. R. M., at Owego. He is also a member of the great council of the Red Men of the state. He is an honorary member of Defiance Hook & Ladder company, and during his residence in Owego was its assistant foreman.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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