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Lawyers and Poetry
"Randolph [Rogers], born February 24, 1841; married, December 16, 1882, Jessie Boone Harris; child, Ethel, born November 5, 1900; he enlisted in the Union Army, Twenty-second Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry; was lawyer, orator, poet and farmer; member of the Presbyterian church; Democrat, and an effective campaign orator; his wife is a descendant of Moses Harris, who served with distinction under General Schuyler in the revolution, and her mother descends from Daniel Boone, the Kentucky pioneer and patriot."
Randolph Rogers's father, Charles Rogers "was born in the town of Northumberland, Saratoga county, New York, April 30, 1800, [and] died January 13, 1874. He was a permanent resident of Sandy Hill for half a century, and at the time of his death was one of the very oldest residents of that village. He was refused admission to Yale on account of his youth (fourteen); graduated from Union College, 1818; read law, but having an independent fortune, never practiced. In 1832 he represented Washington county in the fifty-sixth session of the New York legislature, and was re-elected in 1836. In 1842 he was elected a member and served in the twenty-eighth national congress, representing the Fourteenth New York Congressional District, composed of the counties of Washington and Essex. It was this congress (the twenty-eighth) that voted to return to General Jackson the fine imposed upon him for acts committed while in command at New Orleans. Although an ardent Whig, Mr. Rogers was strongly in favor of the measure and often referred to his vote in favor of it as 'an act of justice' and one of the pleasantest recollections of his long public life. He was untiring in his advocacy of the 'right of petition,' another question that occupied the attention of the twenty-eighth congress. His speeches during the long and spirited debate were regarded as among the most forcible and eloquent of the session. . . . He was fond of botanical and geological research, and was a welcome contributor to political and literary periodicals. He was a brilliant orator, his commanding figure, rich, sonorous voice, choice and brilliant language, both charmed and convinced. He married, April 18, 1827, Susan A. Clark, born 1805, died January 18, 1885, daughter of Dr. Russel Clark, a prominent physician of northern New York." [Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, supra]