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Byron Giles Rogers
|Colorado Attorney General|
|Governor||Edwin C. Johnson|
Ray Herbert Talbot
Ralph L. Carr
|Paul P. Prosser|
|Gail L. Ireland|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Colorado's 1st district
January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1971
|John A. Carroll|
|Member of the Colorado House of Representatives|
|Born||August 1, 1900|
Greenville, Texas, U.S.
|Died||December 31, 1983 (aged 83)|
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Resting place||Mount Lindo Cemetery, Tiny Town, Colorado, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Sturm College of Law, University of Denver|
Born in Greenville, Texas, Rogers moved with his parents to Oklahoma in April 1902. He attended the public schools of Checotah, Oklahoma. During the First World War, he served as a private in the Infantry, United States Army. He attended the University of Arkansas in 1918, the University of Oklahoma from 1919-1922, and the University of Colorado in 1923 and 1924. He earned his LL.B. at Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, 1925, and commenced the practice of law in Las Animas, Colorado.
Rogers served as city attorney of Las Animas from 1929-1933. He was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1932-1935, serving as speaker in 1933. He served as county attorney of Bent County, Colorado, in 1933, and was later on the legal staff of Agricultural Adjustment Administration and National Recovery Administration, Washington, D.C., in 1933 and 1934. He served as assistant United States Attorney for Colorado 1934-1936, and Attorney General of Colorado 1936-1941. He was a public member of the War Labor Board from 1942-1945.
Rogers was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1971). In 1970, due to his support of the Vietnam War, he was challenged in the primary by attorney Craig Barnes. Barnes, a tall, well-groomed, politically astute 42-year old attorney, stood in marked contrast to 70-year old Rogers. Barnes ran an aggressive campaign, attacking Rogers on many issues, including the war, and actively recruited new, young voters. In the primary, Barnes would defeat Rogers by a mere 30 votes (27,218 to 27,188). Rogers alleged foul that Barnes' staff had registered University of Denver students who were non-residents from other states.
Had Barnes won, Rogers planned to challenge the general election in the House, however, instead many of Rogers' supporters, especially in Northwest Denver, bolted to the Republican candidate, Mike McKevitt, who would defeat Barnes by more than 10,000 votes.
The Byron G. Rogers Federal Building and United States Courthouse was named in his honor in 1984.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.