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A Guide to the Dwight Laing Rogers Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
August 2011


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rogers, Dwight Laing, 1886-1954
Title: Dwight Laing Rogers Papers
Dates: 1944-1954
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers relating to Dwight L. Rogers' service in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Extent: 5.5 Linear feet. 13 boxes.
Identification: MS 86
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Dwight Laing Rogers was born in Tattnall County, Georgia, on August 17, 1886. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1909 and earned a law degree from Mercer University in 1910. He began practicing law in Georgia and then moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1925 to continue his practice. He served in the state House of Representatives 1930-1938, including a session as Speaker Pro Tempore in 1933 during which he sponsored the Homestead Tax Exemption Act. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1944 and served from 1945 until his death in 1954. He was ranking member of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. During his terms in the U.S. House, Rogers introduced legislation relating to veterans, the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District, and numerous bills pertaining to tax issues. He also was principle sponsor of the first G.I. terminal leave pay bill.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, legislation, campaign files, speeches, clippings and other papers relating to Dwight L. Rogers' service in the U.S. House of Representatives. The largest group of materials are files pertaining to legislation introduced by Rogers, including flood control, ramie, taxation, veterans and public works in Florida. There are a small number of files containing Rogers' recommendations, his remarks in the Congressional Record, and his voting record. The personal correspondence files are arranged chronologically. Some of the 1954 correspondence and clippings pertain to the terrorist attack by Puerto Rican nationalists in the House of Representatives chamber, which resulted in the shooting of several Representatives (Rogers was present but unwounded). The campaign files include correspondence, campaign literature and information about opponents. The collection also includes one folder of photographs. The folder titled "Clippings, Awards, Campaign Literature, Biographical" includes materials pertaining to the 1952 presidential campaign of Senator Richard Russell.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

The University of Florida holds the papers of Dwight L. Rogers' son, Paul Grant Rogers, who succeeded his father in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dwight Laing Rogers Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. Rogers's son, Paul Grant Rogers.


Contents List

Legislation Introduced by Rogers


Box
1 Agriculture. 1949, 1954
1 Agriculture (Ramie), HR 1299. 1951
1 Agriculture (Ramie), HR 1769 (1). 1951
1 Agriculture (Ramie), HR 1769 (2). 1951
1 Airports, HR 4199. 1949
1 House Appropriations-Vote, HR 450. 1950
1 House Appropriations-Vote, HR 119. 1951
1 House Appropriations-Vote, HR 52. 1953
1 Armed Services, HR 5439, HR 2563. 1949, 1951
1 Barton, Clara-American Red Cross, HR 3255. 1945
1 China, HR 101. 1951
2 Claims, HR 5163. 1946
2 Claims (private). 1945-1954
2 Claims-Growers Fertilizer Company HR 2092, HR 1930. 1945, 1947
2 Coast Guard, HR6910, HR 2792. 1946-1947
2 Communications, HR 3189. 1953
2 Constitution, HR 441, HJR 130, HR 135, HRS 341. 1951-1952, 1953, 1954
2 Expenditures, HR 6634. 1950
2 Flood Control, HR 5490, HR 257. 1947-1948
2 Hoarding, HR 9319. 1950
2 Housing and Rent Act (control), HR 3203, PL 464. 1947
3 Housing and Rent Act, HR 3203, PL 464. 1947-1948
3 Interstate Commerce, HR 7753 (Motor Curriers), HR 1227 (Alcoholic Beverages). 1952, 1954
3 Judiciary (courts), HR 1253, HR 544, HR 4142. 1947
3 Judiciary (Ft. Myers Court), HR 948. 1951
3 Judiciary (Prayer), HR 886. 1950
3 Merchant Marine and Fisheries, HR 3605. 1949
3 Minerals, HR 3776. 1945
3 Patents, HR 8122. 1950
3 Public Land, HR 2517. 1949
3 Rivers and Harbors (Ft. Pierce), HJ 104, HR 3604. 1945, 1949
3 Rivers and Harbors (Ft. Pierce), HR 2176. 1951
3 Rivers and Harbors (Port Everglades), HR 1750. 1945
3 Securities and Exchange.
3 Social Security, HR 8174, HR 8392. 1952, 1954
3 Taxation, HR 1926 (Motor Vehicles), HR 968 and HR 2974 (Tobacco). 1945-1949
4 Taxation. 1949-1953
4 Transportation, HR 811. 1949
4 United Nations, HCR 136, HCR 262. 1949, 1952
4 U.S. House of Representatives, HR 512. 1952, 1954
4 Veterans Legislation, HR 3594. 1945-1946
4 Veterans Legislation, HR 3 (1). 1947
4 Veterans Legislation, HR 3 (2). 1947
4 Veterans, HR 1932, HR 9292, HR 346. 1950-1951
4 War Claims, HR 4573. 1951
4 White House, HR 8603. 1954


Voting Record, Remarks and Miscellaneous


Box
5 Voting Record.
5 Congressional Record Remarks. 1949
5 Congressional Record Remarks. 1950
5 Congressional Record Remarks. 1951
5 Congressional Record Remarks. 1952
5 Congressional Record Remarks. 1953
5 Congressional Record Remarks. 1954
5 Questionnaires. 1949-1950
5 Questionnaires. 1951-1954
5 Recommendations. 1948-1954
5 Academy Papers.


Personal Correspondence


Box
6 Personal Correspondence. 1944-1945
6 Personal Correspondence. 1945
6 Personal Correspondence. 1946
6 Personal Correspondence. 1946
6 Personal Correspondence. 1946
7 Personal Correspondence. 1947
7 Personal Correspondence. 1947
7 Personal Correspondence. 1947
7 Personal Correspondence. 1947
7 Personal Correspondence. 1948
8 Personal Correspondence. 1948
8 Personal Correspondence. 1948
8 Personal Correspondence. 1948
8 Personal Correspondence. 1949-1950
8 Personal Correspondence. 1950
8 Personal Correspondence. 1950
9 Personal Correspondence. 1950
9 Personal Correspondence. 1950
9 Personal Correspondence. 1951
9 Personal Correspondence. 1951
9 Personal Correspondence. 1951
9 Personal Correspondence. 1952
10 Personal Correspondence. 1952
10 Personal Correspondence. 1952
10 Personal Correspondence. 1953
10 Personal Correspondence. 1953
10 Personal Correspondence. 1954
10 Personal Correspondence. 1954
10 Personal Correspondence. 1954


Legislation - General


Box
11 Agriculture-Fed. Comm.
11 Airfields. 1950-1953
11 Everglades National Park.
11 Flood Control, Central and Southern.
12 Public Works Florida - Boca Raton, Charlotte Harbor, Ft. Lauderdale, Hillsboro Inlet, Jupiter Inlet, Lake Worth Inlet, Moore Haven, Palm Beach, Port Everglade, Sebastian Inlet.
12 Public Works Florida - Ft. Pierce, New River, Pahokee.
12 Reciprocal Trade, Voting - Reciprocal Trade, Re-districting, Rent Control, Segregation, Social Security, Taft Hartley, Tax Revision (R.H. Gore), Taxation, Tidelands, Townsend Plan, Veterans, Voting.


Campaign Files


Box
13 Campaign. 1944-1947
13 Campaign. 1948
13 Campaign. 1948-1949
13 Campaign. 1950
13 Campaign. 1952-1953


Miscellaneous


Box
13 Speeches.
13 Clippings, Awards, Campaign Literature, Biographical.
13 Photographs.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida -- Legislature -- House of Representatives
Florida -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950
Florida -- Politics and government -- 1951-
United States -- Congress -- Florida delegation



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