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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Olympia in Thurston County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)

John Rankin Rogers

John Rankin Rogers Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 21, 2015
1. John Rankin Rogers Monument
Inscription.  Born in Brunswick, Maine, September 4th, 1838. Died in Olympia, Washington, December 26th, 1901. Twice governor of Washington.

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.”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkGovernment & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers.
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. It is in Silvester Park with his back to the old capitol building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olympia WA 98501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Women Win the Vote (within shouting distance of this marker); Marking the End of the Oregon Trail 1844 (within shouting distance of this
John Rankin Rogers Statue image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 21, 2015
2. John Rankin Rogers Statue
marker); Washington's State Capitol Design (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First William Winlock Miller High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); POW AND MIA Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Medal of Honor Monument (approx. half a mile away); Marathon Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Masonic Lodge 1854-1971, (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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
John Rankin Rogers Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 21, 2015
3. John Rankin Rogers Sculpture
This 1905 Washington granite sculpture by an unknown artist was funded by schoolchildren. It is approx. 6¼ feet tall.
were talked about frequently was a strong influence on his political future.” (Submitted on May 25, 2015.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry for Single Tax Movement. “Georgism (also known as geoism and geonomics) is an economic philosophy holding that the economic value derived from natural resources and natural opportunities should belong equally to all residents of a community, but that people own the value they create. The Georgist paradigm offers solutions to social and ecological problems, relying on principles of land rights and public finance which attempt to integrate economic efficiency with social justice.” (Submitted on May 25, 2015.) 
John Rankin Rogers (1838–1901) image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 21, 2015
4. John Rankin Rogers (1838–1901)
Bas Relief on Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 21, 2015
5. Bas Relief on Back of Monument
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 25, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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