Rogers, Will

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  • During the 1920s and 1930s, Will Rogers (1879–1935) was a folksy entertainer, film and radio star, writer, and commentator on the political issues of the day. Rogers developed a topical brand of humor based on the newspaper headlines, poking fun at national political leaders. Usually assuming a nonpartisan stance, Rogers quipped that he was not a member of any organized political party, concluding, “I'm a Democrat.”

    Despite emphasizing his common origins, Rogers came from a rather prominent Oklahoma family. He was born November 4, 1879, near Oologah, Oklahoma, which was at the time still designated as Indian Territory. His parents, Clement Vann Rogers and Mary America Schrimsher, were Cherokee ranchers. Known as “Uncle Clem,” Will's father was an established local politician and banker who provided well ...

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