Maj. Gen. William Findlay Rogers
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 32nd district
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
|Preceded by||Jonathan Scoville|
|Succeeded by||John M. Farquhar|
|29th Mayor of Buffalo, New York|
|Preceded by||Chandler J. Wells|
|Succeeded by||Alexander Brush|
|Born||March 1, 1820|
Forks Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||December 16, 1899 (aged 79)|
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
(m. 1849; died 1890)
|Parents||Thomas Jones Rogers|
|Years of service||1861-1863|
Bvt. Brigadier General
|Commands||21st New York Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
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 was born in Forks Township, Pennsylvania, near the borough of Easton, Pennsylvania, on March 1, 1820. He was the son of Irish-born U.S. Representative Thomas Jones Rogers and Mary (née Winters) Rogers, daughter of Christian Winters.
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.
In 1840, Rogers established a paper at Honesdale, Pennsylvania. In 1846, he moved to Buffalo, New York and became a foreman in the office of the Buffalo Daily Courier. Rogers established and managed the Buffalo Republic in 1850.
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.
Rogers was twice married and the father of four children. He was first married to Caroline M. Waldron (1821–1847), and they were the parents of one son:
- Franklin Rogers, who became a printer.
After her death, he married Phoebe Demony (1830–1890) in 1849. They were the parents of:
- Mary Rogers, who married William C. Brown.
- Florence R. Rogers (1861–1932), who married Charles N. Armstrong (1858–1927).
- Thomas J. Rogers, a prominent civil engineer.
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- Roll of Honor, The Buffalo Commercial, (Buffalo, New York) May 31, 1900, page 8, accessed May 19, 2017 at https://www.newspapers.com/clip/11102133/roll_of_honot_the_buffalo_commercial/
- "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.
- United States Congress. "William Findlay Rogers (id: R000407)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
Chandler J. Wells
| Mayor of Buffalo, NY
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 32nd congressional district
John M. Farquhar