William Findlay Rogers
|Maj. Gen. William Findlay Rogers|
|Mayor of Buffalo|
|Preceded by||Chandler J. Wells|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Brush|
|Born||March 1, 1820
Forks Township, Pennsylvania
|Died||December 16, 1899
Buffalo, New York
|Spouse(s)||married twice: Caroline Waldron, Phoebe Demony|
Rogers is probably best remembered today as the mayor and parks commissioner who hired Frederick Law Olmsted to design Buffalo's park system and its showpiece, Delaware Park. Rogers also supported the foundation of the Buffalo Zoo.
William Findlay Rogers (son of Thomas Jones Rogers) was born in Forks Township, Pennsylvania, near the borough of Easton, Pennsylvania. He moved with his parents to Philadelphia, where he attended the common schools. Rogers returned to Easton and entered a printing office in 1832. Two years later, he returned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and continued working at his trade.
Rogers established a paper at Honesdale, Pennsylvania, in 1840. He moved to Buffalo, New York, in 1846 and was foreman in the office of the Buffalo Daily Courier. Rogers established and managed the Buffalo Republic in 1850.
Rogers served as a member of Company D of the Buffalo City Guard, in 1846, and served in the American Civil War as colonel of the Twenty-first Regiment, New York Volunteers. He mustered out in 1863. In 1867,he became the comptroller of the city of Buffalo and its mayor in 1869. He served as secretary and treasurer of the Buffalo park commissioners in 1871. He was nominated for the New York State Senate in 1878, but declined.
Rogers was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884. He served as the superintendent of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home at Bath, New York, from 1887 to 1897.
He died in Buffalo on December 16, 1899, and is interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
- "William F. Rogers". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27.
- William Findlay Rogers at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- The Political Graveyard
Chandler J. Wells
|Mayor of Buffalo, NY
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district
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