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Abbie G. Rogers

Born: Jan 20, 1841

Death: May 21, 1894

Birthplace: Fairhaven

Nationality: United States

Abbie G. Rogers

Date of Birth : Jan 20, 1841
Date of Death : May 21, 1894
Birth Place : Fairhaven

Abbie Gifford Rogers, was the first wife of Henry Huttleston Rogers, a United States capitalist, businesswoman and industrialist, As children, Abbie and "Hen", each of Mayflower lineage, grew up and went to school together in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, a small coastal fishing town with a whaling heritage. They were married in 1862, and started their family life together in a one room shack in the newly discovered western Pennsylvania oil fields. Although he and Abbie lived frugally for many years, by 1875, Henry Rogers had risen in the petroleum industry to become one of the key men in John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust. He invested heavily in various industries, including copper, steel, mining, and railways. The Virginian Railway is widely considered his final life's achievement. Rogers amassed a great fortune, estimated at over $100 million, and became one of the wealthiest men in the United States. Abbie and Henry Rogers were generous, providing many public works for their hometown of Fairhaven, including the Town Hall which Abbie donated in 1894 shortly before her death. Rogers also financially assisted such notables as Mark Twain, Helen Keller, and Booker T. Washington.

Also known as

  • Abbie Rogers


  • Henry Huttleston Rogers
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