William Penn Adair Rogers, born on November 4, 1879, on a ranch in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), was widely loved during the 1920s and 1930s for his gentle humor and homespun philosophies. Part Cherokee Indian, Rogers once told a Boston audience, ‘My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat.’ Rogers got his show business start in 1902 doing rope tricks in a Wild West show. He moved on to vaudeville and, by 1916, he was the wisecracking star of Florenz Ziegfeld’s ‘Follies.’ As a newspaper columnist and book author, Rogers poked fun at important people and events, and he was equally successful as a motion picture actor. Rogers’ film credits include A Connecticut Yankee in 1931 and State Fair in 1933. The nation mourned when Will Rogers, along with pilot Wiley Post, were killed in an Alaska plane crash on August 15, 1935.
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