DAILY FUEL: Will Rogers – Roping Them In

Born on this day on his family’s ranch in Cherokee Territory near Oolagah, Oklahoma in 1879, WILL ROGERS left school after the 10th grade to pursue work as a cowboy. Traveling through Argentina, he eventually began in show business as a trick roper with a circus in South Africa. Returning to the U.S., Rogers quickly found employment in New York City, ultimately landing work first in Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic, and eventually the Follies. He transitioned from rope tricks to monologuist to film star over his career, and eventually penned over 4000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns. At the time of his death, Will Rogers was at the height of his popularity and was “the highest paid of Hollywood film stars”. 

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