November 4, 1879 - August 15, 1935
William Penn Adair Rogers was educated early in his life mostly at Indian territory schools. He began his show career in 1902, when he was "The Cherokee Kid" with Texas Jackâ€™s Wild West Show in South Africa.
A syndicated, daily columnist for 400 newspapers worldwide, Hollywoodâ€™s biggest box office star for more than a decade as the star of over 70 films, host of the countryâ€™s most popular radio program, author of over six books, aviator, star in the popular Zigfield Follies Show, famous for rope tricks and a popular wit, Rogers was a loving husband and father of four. He is remembered as a humanitarian, often using his popularity and position to raise money for those in need. He is often referred to as the "Cowboy Philosopher."
Initiated: Feb 18, 1905
Passed: March 10, 1906
Raised: March 13, 1906
Clairmont Lodge No. 53, Oklahoma