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Rogers Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2012.4

Scope and Contents

The Rogers Family Papers contain correspondence, speeches, ephemera, photographs, newspaper clippings and publications from 1930 to 1992 documenting Dwight L. Rogers, his family, and his career in the Florida House of Representatives as well as the United States Congress. Ephemera include political promotional flyers for the election of Paul Grant Rogers, son of Dwight L. Rogers, to the United States Congress. Correspondence includes a letter to Florence Roberts Rogers, wife of Dwight L. Rogers, from the Fort Lauderdale Park Methodist church. Publications include pamphlets from Broward County social clubs.

Dates

  • 1930-1992

Conditions Governing Access

The Rogers Family Papers are open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Dwight Laing Rogers was born near Reidsville, Tattnall County, Georgia on August 17, 1886 to William Millard Rogers and Isabella Augusta Laing Rogers. He attended public school and Locust Grove Institute in Locust Grove, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1909. In 1910 he graduated from the law department of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, after which he was admitted to the bar. In 1916 he married Florence Roberts. They had their first son, Paul Grant, on June 4, 1921. Rogers practiced law in Ocilla, Georgia until 1925 when he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he continued to practice law. On August 27 1928, his second son, Doyle, was born. In 1930 he became a member of the State house of representatives, serving until 1938. He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1945, until his death wherein he died during his 83rd term in office. He was reelected to the Eighty-fourth Congress but died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 1, 1954 while giving a speech. His first son, Paul Grant Rogers, was elected as a Democrat to the 84th Congress in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, after which he was reelected consecutively until 1979. Paul Grant Rogers died on October 13, 2008 in Washington, D.C. His brother Doyle was an attorney for the Palm Beach, Florida law firm of Alley, Maass, Rogers and Lindsay for 59 years. Doyle Rogers died in Palm Beach, Florida on January 24, 2016.

Extent

1 Hollinger Box

Language of Materials

English

Processing Information

This collection received container level processing. This finding aid may be updated to reflect new descriptions as well as acquisitions to the collection.

Status
Completed
Author
Rochelle T. Pienn
Date
June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for uncoded script

Repository Details

Part of the Broward County Historical Archives Repository

Contact:
100 S Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale Florida 33301 United States
954-357-7444