Will Rogers The Great American Humorist

Posted on Nov 21, 2010 under ARCHIVES, Uncategorized | No Comment

1879 – 1935

I grew up with a father who absolutely admired Will Rogers.  He would repeat many of Will’s quotes often.  Listening to my dad, I developed an incredible respect for this cowboy from Oklahoma.  I wish I  could have known him. His quotes, to this day, are so pertinent – they never get old!

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor and one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.

Will Rogers is known as Oklahoma’s Favorite son.  He was born to a prominent Cherokee Indian family in Indian Territory, now part of Oklahoma.  He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns and became a world-famous figure.

He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies with his rope act which led to his first of many movie contracts.  His 1920s newspaper column and radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity.  By the 1930s he was the most beloved figure of the American people.  His political wit of the Progressive Era led to some of the very best quotes that have come down through time and are as significant now as they were then.

In 1935 he and aviator Wiley Post were in a small plane, returning from a trip to Alaska. The plane went down near Barrow , a City in Alaska, and both men died. Will was only 55 yrs old.

Probably his most famous quote was “I Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like

He provided his own epitaph for his tombstone.  He commented “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!”

Will Rogers was born on the Dog Iron Ranch, near present-day Oologah, Oklahoma.  The house he was born in had been built in 1875 and was known as “The White House on the Verdigris River”

I will be adding more information on this incredible man from time to time. I hope you will stop by and read up on Will Rogers.  You too might just wish you could have known him also! For now, please enjoy some of his quotes.

Quotes:

“Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth”

“We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others”

“This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer”

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves”

“The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf”

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing”

My Thanks to Wikipedia for their valuable information for this post.

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