Will Rogers

William Penn Adair Rogers (1879 - 1935)

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William Penn Adair (Will) Rogers
Born in Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)map
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Husband of — married in Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, USAmap
Died in Point Barrow, Territory of Alaska (now Alaska)map
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William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world's best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.

His parents, Clement Vann Rogers (1839–1911) and Mary America Schrimsher (1838–1890), were both of part Cherokee ancestry, making Rogers himself 9/32 (just over 1/4) Cherokee.[6] Rogers quipped that his ancestors did not come over on the Mayflower, but they "met the boat.

Rogers was the youngest of eight children. He was named for the Cherokee leader Col. William Penn Adair.[9] Only three of his siblings, sisters Sallie Clementine, Maude Ethel, and May (Mary), survived into adulthood.

In 1908, Rogers married Betty Blake (1879–1944), and the couple had four children: Will Rogers, Jr., Mary Amelia, James Blake, and Fred Stone.


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