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John Jacob Rogers

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John Jacob Rogers (August 18, 1881 – March 28, 1925) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

John Jacob Rogers
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1913 - March 28, 1925
Preceded byButler Ames
Succeeded byEdith Nourse Rogers
Personal details
BornAugust 18, 1881
Lowell, Massachusetts
DiedMarch 28, 1925(1925-03-28) (aged 43)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Edith Nourse Rogers
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of serviceSeptember 12, 1918 –
November 29, 1918
CommandsTwenty-ninth Training Battery, Tenth Training Battalion, Field Artillery, Fourth Central Officers’ Training School
Battles/warsWorld War I

Life and careerEdit

Rogers was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard University in 1904 and from Harvard Law School in 1907. He practiced law in Lowell, starting in 1908. Rogers was a member of the Lowell city government in 1911, school commissioner in 1912, and was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-third and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1913, until his death. During the First World War, Rogers enlisted on September 12, 1918, as a private with the Twenty-ninth Training Battery, Tenth Training Battalion, Field Artillery, Fourth Central Officers’ Training School, and served until honorably discharged on November 29, 1918.

Rogers is remembered as "The father of the Foreign Service" due to his sponsorship of the 1924 Foreign Service Act, also known as the Rogers Act.[1]

Rogers died in Washington, D.C. of appendicitis[2] on March 28, 1925, and was interred at Lowell Cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts.

His wife, Edith Nourse Rogers, succeeded him in Congress.

Edith Nourse Rogers

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "In the Beginning: The Rogers Act of 1924". American Foreign Service Association. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  2. ^ "From Lowell Doughboys: John Jacob Rogers". Lowell Historical Society. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Butler Ames
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edith Nourse Rogers