Olympia in Thurston County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
John Rankin Rogers
Philosopher and statesman. Author of the Barefoot School Boy Law, which gives to every poor son of this Commonwealth a fair education. Governor Rogers’ favorite motto — “I would make it impossible for the covetous and avaricious to utterly impoverish the poor. The rich can take care of themselves.”
Location. 47° 2.57′ N, 122° 54.035′ W. Marker is in Olympia, Washington, in Thurston County. Marker is on Washington Street SE south of Legion Way SE, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. It is in Silvester Park with his back to the old capitol building. Marker is in this post office area: Olympia WA 98501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Washington Women Win the Vote (within shouting distance of this marker); Marking the End of the Oregon Trail 1844 (within shouting distance of this marker); POW AND MIA Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Medal of Honor Monument (approx. half a mile away); Masonic Lodge 1854-1971, The Lone Tree (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ecological Connections (approx. 11.8 miles away); Mima Mounds: A Special Prairie (approx. 11.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Olympia.
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1. Wikipedia Entry. “Rogers moved to Washington in 1890 and settled in Puyallup, where he operated a drug store. Rogers was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1895 as a Populist, and governor the following year. As governor he supported the ‘Barefoot Schoolboy Act’ which he had first sponsored while in the state legislature. The Act provided a mechanism of state funding to equalize support for free public education between counties which had a large tax base and those without. Rogers was a conditional supporter of the Single Tax Movement associated with Henry George.
“John R. Rogers authored many books, pamphlets and articles that followed a Populist and Arcadian Agrarian spirit. Growing up in New England when Jeffersonian ideals were talked about frequently was a strong influence on his political future.” (Submitted on May 25, 2015.)
2. Wikipedia Entry for Single Tax Movement. (Submitted on May 25, 2015.)
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