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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In 1930, he remarked: "When I die, my epitaph or whatever you call those signs on gravestones is going to read: 'I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn't like.' I am so proud of that I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved. And when you come to my grave you will find me sitting there, proudly reading it." Sadly, his death came 5 years later; on August 19, 1935, he was killed in a plane crash with Wiley Post near Point Barrow, Alaska Territory, and the aircraft plunged into a lagoon, losing its right wing, and both Rogers and Post died after the plane inverted in the shallow end of the lagoon.


Born to a well-to-do half-Cherokee family near Oologah in what is now Oklahoma, [[note]]Formerly known as Indian Territory before becoming a state, [[/note]] Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.

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Born to a well-to-do half-Cherokee family near Oologah in what is now Oklahoma, [[note]]Formerly [[note]]Then known as Indian Territory before becoming a state, [[/note]] state in 1907[[/note]] Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway.



Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called “The Will Rogers Memorial Highway”. Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Institute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities; the Will Rogers Turnpike section of Interstate 44, running from Tulsa and passing Claremore, Oklahoma (the home of his final resting place at the Will Rogers Memorial) en route to Missouri; and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His life story was also the inspiration for ComdenAndGreen penned Tony Award-winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.


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Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called “The Will Rogers Memorial Highway”. Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Institute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities; the Will Rogers Turnpike section of Interstate 44, running from Tulsa and passing Claremore, Oklahoma (the home of his final resting place at the Will Rogers Memorial) en route to Missouri; and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His life story was also the inspiration for ComdenAndGreen penned the Tony Award-winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.

''The Will Rogers Follies'' penned by ComdenAndGreen, and ''The Story of Will Rogers'', a biographical 1952 film where his son Will Rogers Jr. portrayed his father.




* BookDumb: Part of his appeal
** He dropped out in the 10th grade, but was actually quite intelligent and enjoyed reading, he just didn't like going to school

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* BookDumb: Part of his appeal
honest, folksy, down-to-earth appeal to audiences and being able to identify with the common folk.
** He Downplayed; he dropped out in the 10th grade, but was actually quite intelligent and enjoyed reading, reading; he just didn't like going to schoolschool.



* DownOnTheFarm: Also part of his appeal

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* DownOnTheFarm: Also part of his appealappeal.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In 1930, he remarked: "When I die, my epitaph or whatever you call those signs on gravestones is going to read: 'I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn't like.' I am so proud of that I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved. And when you come to my grave you will find me sitting there, proudly reading it." Sadly, his death came 5 years later; on August 19, 1935, he was killed in a plane crash with Wiley Post near Point Barrow, Alaska Territory, and the aircraft plunged into a lagoon, losing its right wing, and both Rogers and Post died after the plane inverted in the shallow end of the lagoon.



* SelfDeprecation: "I am not a member of any ''organized'' party, I am a Democrat", and "I keep saying I'm a Democrat, but I ain't. I jst pretend to be 'cause Democrats are funny and I'm supposed to be." [[note]]Even though he was a Democrat, he still managed to avoid partisanship, contributing to both the Democratic campaign funds and even appearing on benefit programs to raise money for the Republican treasury, and even Republicans, as well as Democrats, would seek his council.[[/note]]

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* SelfDeprecation: "I am not a member of any ''organized'' party, I am a Democrat", and "I keep saying I'm a Democrat, but I ain't. I jst pretend to be 'cause Democrats are funny and I'm supposed to be." [[note]]Even though he was a Democrat, he still managed to avoid partisanship, contributing to both the Democratic campaign funds and even appearing on benefit programs to raise money for the Republican treasury, and even Republicans, as well as Democrats, would seek his council.counsel.[[/note]]


** also he was born and grew up on one.

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** He was also he was born and grew up on one.one.
* NiceGuy: "I bet you if I had met him[[note]]UsefulNotes/LeonTrotsky[[/note]] and had a chat with him, I would have found him a very interesting and human fellow, for I never yet met a man that I dident (sic) like. When you meet people, no matter what opinion you might have formed about them beforehand, why, after you meet them and see their angle and their personality, why, you can see a lot of good in all of them."
* SelfDeprecation: "I am not a member of any ''organized'' party, I am a Democrat", and "I keep saying I'm a Democrat, but I ain't. I jst pretend to be 'cause Democrats are funny and I'm supposed to be." [[note]]Even though he was a Democrat, he still managed to avoid partisanship, contributing to both the Democratic campaign funds and even appearing on benefit programs to raise money for the Republican treasury, and even Republicans, as well as Democrats, would seek his council.[[/note]]


Born to a well-to-do half-Cherokee family near Oologah in what is now Oklahoma (formerly known as Indian Territory before becoming a state), Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.

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Born to a well-to-do half-Cherokee family near Oologah in what is now Oklahoma (formerly Oklahoma, [[note]]Formerly known as Indian Territory before becoming a state), state, [[/note]] Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.


Born to a well-to-do half-Cherokee family in what is now Oklahoma, Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.

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Born to a well-to-do half-Cherokee family near Oologah in what is now Oklahoma, Oklahoma (formerly known as Indian Territory before becoming a state), Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.



Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called “The Will Rogers Memorial Highway”. Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Institute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities. His life story was also the inspiration for ComdenAndGreen penned Tony Award-winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.


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Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called “The Will Rogers Memorial Highway”. Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Institute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities.celebrities; the Will Rogers Turnpike section of Interstate 44, running from Tulsa and passing Claremore, Oklahoma (the home of his final resting place at the Will Rogers Memorial) en route to Missouri; and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His life story was also the inspiration for ComdenAndGreen penned Tony Award-winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.



William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (1879-1935) was an American cowboy, entertainer, and social commentator. Rogers was probably first quintessentially American "superstar", becoming famous in every form popular media at the time: vaudeville, movies, radio, and newspapers.

Born to a well to do half-Cherokee family in what is now Oklahoma, Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.

Over time, he added political and social commentary to the routines appealing to the simple "All American" everyman. He eventually found his way into the movies (starring in 71 during his lifetime and was the highest paid star in Hollywood at the time of his death!) and on radio. He also had a syndicated column which appeared in many newspapers and magazines.

In August of 1935, while in Alaska with pilot and fellow Oklahoman Wiley Post, their plane crashed into a lagoon shortly after takeoff.

Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called "The Will Rogers Memorial Highway". Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Insitute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities. His life story was also the inspiration for ComdenAndGreen penned Tony Award winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.


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William Penn Adair "Will" “Will” Rogers (1879-1935) was an American cowboy, entertainer, and social commentator. Rogers was probably the first quintessentially American "superstar", “superstar”, becoming famous in every form popular media at the time: vaudeville, movies, radio, and newspapers.

Born to a well to do well-to-do half-Cherokee family in what is now Oklahoma, Rogers dropped out of school as a teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.

Broadway.

Over time, he added political and social commentary to the routines appealing to the simple "All American" everyman.“All American” every man. He eventually found his way into the movies (starring in 71 during his lifetime and was the highest paid star in Hollywood at the time of his death!) and on radio. He also had a syndicated column which appeared in many newspapers and magazines.

magazines.

In August of 1935, while in Alaska with pilot and fellow Oklahoman Wiley Post, their plane crashed into a lagoon shortly after takeoff.

Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called "The “The Will Rogers Memorial Highway". Highway”. Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Insitute, Institute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities. His life story was also the inspiration for ComdenAndGreen penned Tony Award winning Award-winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.


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Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called "The Will Rogers Memorial Highway". Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Insitute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities. His life story was also the inspiration for ColmanAndStone's Tony Award winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.


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Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called "The Will Rogers Memorial Highway". Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Insitute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities. His life story was also the inspiration for ColmanAndStone's ComdenAndGreen penned Tony Award winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.



Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called "The Will Rogers Memorial Highway". Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Insitute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities.


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Rogers has since been honored and remembered as an American hero. In fact, Route 66 is sometimes called "The Will Rogers Memorial Highway". Among his other namesakes include The Will Rogers Insitute, a charity endorsed by many celebrities.

celebrities. His life story was also the inspiration for ColmanAndStone's Tony Award winning musical TheWillRogersFollies.



Born to a well to do half-Cherokee family in what is now Oklahoma, Rogers dropped out of school as a teenage to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.

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Born to a well to do half-Cherokee family in what is now Oklahoma, Rogers dropped out of school as a teenage teenager to pursue an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.


Over time, he added political and social commentary to the routines appealing to the simple "All American" everyman. He eventually found his way into the movies (starring in 71 during his lifetime!) and on radio. He also had a syndicated column which appeared in many newspapers and magazines. In August of 1935, while in Alaska with pilot and fellow Oklahoman Wiley Post, their plane crashed into a lagoon shortly after takeoff.

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Over time, he added political and social commentary to the routines appealing to the simple "All American" everyman. He eventually found his way into the movies (starring in 71 during his lifetime!) lifetime and was the highest paid star in Hollywood at the time of his death!) and on radio. He also had a syndicated column which appeared in many newspapers and magazines.

In August of 1935, while in Alaska with pilot and fellow Oklahoman Wiley Post, their plane crashed into a lagoon shortly after takeoff.


* DownOnTheFarm: Also part of his appeal, also he was born and grew up on one.

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* DownOnTheFarm: Also part of his appeal, appeal
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also he was born and grew up on one.


Born to a well to do half-Cherokee family in what is now Oklahoma, Rogers dropped out of school to pursue a life as cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous Ziegfeld Follies.

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Born to a well to do half-Cherokee family in what is now Oklahoma, Rogers dropped out of school as a teenage to pursue a an adventurous and exciting life as a cowboy. He soon became famous for his rope tricks and appeared in circuses, vaudeville shows, and revues such as the famous Ziegfeld Follies.ZiegfeldFollies on Broadway.



* DownOnTheFarm: Also part of his appeal

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* DownOnTheFarm: Also part of his appealappeal, also he was born and grew up on one.

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