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WILLIAM ROGERS, HARTFORD: Manufacturer of electro-plated ware.

William Rogers was born in Hartford, Nov. 15, 1833, and was educated in the Hartford grammar school, at the same time with Senator Joseph R. Hawley, Hon. Henry C. Robinson, Hon. Charles J. Hoadly, LL.D., of the state library, Charles E. Perkins, and ex-Mayor Charles R. Chapman. 

His wife, who is still living, was Miss Lucy J. Ramsey, the soprano of the famous Christ Church choir. One son, a lad of ten years, is the fruit of this marriage. 

Mr. Rogers is a republican in politics, but has not held public office of any kind. He is engaged in the manufacture of electro-plated ware, and is at present connected with Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., at Wallingford, in this state, under a contract that gives him absolute control of the manufacture and quality of the goods that bear his name, being made by the original Rogers plan, as taught him, and as practiced by his father. 

The subject of this sketch was connected from boyhood with the original Rogers Brothers in Hartford, his father being the senior member.  He was afterwards connected with the Rogers Brothers, in a contract for 120 months with the Meriden Britannia Company at Meriden, supervising and controlling the quality of goods then stamped Rogers Brothers. He is the only survivor of the four Rogers of the original Rogers family, who established, upheld, and retained the reputation of the Rogers name upon electro-plated goods. The Rogers were the first successful electro-platers. This involved the first successful electro battery, and preceded by many years the great electrical improvements of late years. In fact, it was the first step in these wonderful developments. Mr. Rogers resides on Ann street in this city, and is widely known throughout the country.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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