Rogers (1879-1935) was born on the Cherokee Nation reservation in Oklahoma and rose to be the most famous American of his time competing only with President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the honor.
His rise to fame was at a time well before TV when the forms of entertainment were movies, radio, and live stage shows (vaudeville). Starting with a cowboy type act where he did tricks with a rope and told jokes at the same type, his home- spun genuineness and likability made him famous. Gradually, his humorous advice column in newspapers all across the nation brought him to national prominence. He was the highest paid actor for a time.
No one ever took offense at his brand of humor:
“I never met a man I didn’t like”
“I only know what I read in the newspapers”
In 1935 at the height of his fame, with famed aviator Wiley Post, he decided to fly around the world. They made it as far as Point Barrow, Alaska, when on August 15, their single-engine plane’s motor stalled on takeoff and the pair were killed.