Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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HENRY ROGERS was born in North Branford in this state, July 19th, 1838, and died at New Haven, where he resided, on the 27th day of January, 1889. He was the only son of Rufus Rogers, late of that town, and of Betsey Chidsey Rogers, who survives him. He was graduated from the Yale Law School in 1862, and was immediately admitted to the bar and entered upon active practice. He had an office for several years with George H. Watrous.
In 1867 he married Antoinette Anderson, daughter of S. D. Anderson, of Mansfield, Conn., niece of Charles and Augustus Storrs, the founders of the Storrs Agricultural School. He left four children - Rufus, Bessie, Henry and Eunice.
Of the hundred and twenty-five or more members of the legal profession in New Haven, only about fifteen were admitted to the bar earlier than he. For several years he had an extensive practice, but in 1871 he began to suffer from necrosis, which made repeated amputations necessary, and for a long time completely prevented him from undertaking any business.
In his profession he was noted for the keen activity of his mind, and his faithfulness to his cases and his clients. Literature, reading, and writing for publication, were his pastimes. He also gathered through many years a large collection of antiquities and objects of interest.
At a meeting of the members of the bar to take action on his decease, on motion of Prof. Simeon E. Baldwin, who was one of his classmates in the law school, the following resolution was passed:
"That during the quarter of a century in which Henry Rogers was one of this body, he showed himself a thoughtful and conscientious lawyer, possessed of an indomitable spirit surmounting all physical infirmity, watchful of the interests of his clients, and, in addition to the ordinary duties of his profession, taking an active and intelligent part, through the press, in the discussion of matters of finance and local administration affecting the community at large."
His last years were marked by resolute endurance of suffering, which he bore with fortitude almost superhuman, maintaining his cheerfulness, his active control of his business, and his care for his family to the last. He was a true friend, a genial companion, a rare conversationalist, a conscientious and public-spirited citizen, an affectionate husband and parent, a liberal-minded Christian, a good lawyer, and a brave man.