Andrew J. Rogers

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Andrew Jackson Rogers
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867
Preceded by George T. Cobb
Succeeded by John Hill
Personal details
Born July 1, 1828
Hamburg, New Jersey, USA
Died May 22, 1900(1900-05-22) (aged 71)
New York City, New York, USA
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Teacher, Clerk, Police Commissioner

Andrew Jackson Rogers (July 1, 1828 – May 22, 1900) was an American lawyer, teacher, clerk, police commissioner and Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1863-1867.

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Born in Hamburg, New Jersey, Rogers attended common schools as a child. He was employed as a clerk in a hotel and a country store, engaged in teaching for two years, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852, commencing practice in Lafayette Township, New Jersey. He moved to Newton, New Jersey in 1857 and continued to practice law.

In 1862, Rogers was chosen as the only Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives, serving in office from March 4, 1863 to March 3, 1867. He was also part of the House Committee that looked into the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Only the chairman, George Boutwell, the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee, was allowed to look into the relevant papers. Afterwards, Rogers accused him of being involved in an attempt to cover-up Edwin M. Stanton's role in the assassination.[1] As a Congressman, Rogers served on the Joint Committee on Reconstruction which drafted the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

After being unsuccessful for reelection, Rogers moved to New York City in 1867 and became counsel for the city in important litigation. He moved to Denver, Colorado in 1892 and served as police commissioner of Denver. He returned to New York City in 1896 and died there on May 22, 1900. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George T. Cobb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867
Succeeded by
John Hill