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The Honorable John Rogers, Sr.

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Interview Date

February 22, 2000

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Juvenile Court Judge
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1918
Birth Location:
Knoxville, Tennessee

Interview Date

February 22, 2000

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Juvenile Court Judge
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1918
Birth Location:
Knoxville
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John Rogers, Sr. was born on September 3, 1918, in Knoxville, Tennessee. His mother died when he was four and his father died when he was twelve. Rogers and his sisters moved to Chicago, Illinois, to live with an uncle, Henry Tanner, who was very benevolent and proved to be a great role model for Rogers.

From a young age, Rogers wanted to fly. After receiving his pilot's license, he got the chance of a lifetime when he was drafted into the U.S. Air Force. He was shipped off to Tuskegee, Alabama, where he became part of the legendary 99th Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen. As an Airman he excelled, gaining a reputation as a combat pilot and flying more than 100 missions. By 1944 Rogers gained the rank of captain.

Upon his return to Chicago, Rogers decided he did not want to be a teacher and applied to law school at the University of Chicago. While there, he met and married Jewel Stradford, the daughter of a prominent family and a fellow law school student. Rogers served on the bench in Illinois as a Juvenile Court judge for twenty-one years. During that time, he developed a strong reputation as a justice who was both committed and fair.

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