Will Rogers

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Will Rogers



William Penn Adair Rodgers

Will Rogers shaped provided many people with laughter throughout the early 1900's abroad
and here in the United States through his many careers he chose.

Will Rogers was born on November 4, 1879 in a home his father had built near the Verdigris
River bottom lands in the Cooweescoowee District of Indian Territory. His parents were
Mary and Clem Rodgers. They named there first son William Penn Adair Rodgers after a
distinguished Cherokee, William Penn Adair, who served as his peopleís delegate in
Washington. Willís father had also served with him during the Civil War.

When it was time for Will to go to school he was sent to stay with his sister Sallie.
Their home was across the river from the Rogers ranch and near Drumgoul, which was soon to
be young Willís first school. It was a little one-room log cabin, all Indian school, jsut
four miles east of Chelsea. It was often difficult for Clem to be patient with Will.
For he was a stubborn little boy. The activities Will enjoyed the most during his
childhood were the rides with his father and the days where he spent every idle moment
attempting to improve his roping skills. He had quite a few lariatís taken away at
school. Will did poorly in school most of the time, mainly because of his lack of
interest. All he cared about was roping so that was all he cared to do. His father was
constantly sending him to one school or another because he was constantly unsatisfied with
Willís progress. One time Will even attended a girlís school, because the president also
had a boy Willís age. When Willís mother, Mary Rodgers, died of typhoid fever when he was
ten it left a lonely, lost feeling That persisted long after he was successful and famous.
When Will returned abruptly from one of his schools, Scarritt College, this gave his
father an occasion for serious thought. He hoped that the strict discipline of Kemper
Military Academy would do what his other schools had failed. At first military disipline
was a novelty however grew tired of sitting at his desk. So Will asked each of his three
sisters for ten dollars and he left school to become a cowboy. He would never again
return to school.

Willís first encounter with show business would come along as he was trying to get home
from Argentina, were he had run out of money and had no way home. He meet the owner of
Texas Jackís Wild West Circus and he was offered a roping job. This would launch him into
a career that would last him a life-time. His vaudeville debut was a rope-throwing act
in New York City in 1905 in which he later achieved wide popularity for the humorous
monologues that he accompanied with his rope tricks. After 1914 Will appeared in several
of the annual Ziegfeld Follies in New York City. He also acted in many motion pictures and
even wrote a series of syndicated newspaper articles. In these he poked fun at the great
figures of his time and offered his own philosophies. His film career began in 1918 and
was composed of more than 60 short and feature films. After the invention of sound in
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