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ROGERS, LIEUEN MORGAN

ROGERS, LIEUEN MORGAN (1820–1889). Lieuen Morgan Rogers, pioneer, legislator, and judge, was born on December 13, 1820, in Monroe County, Alabama, the son of Patterson and Elizabeth Blair (Long) Rogers. He moved to Texas with his parents in 1836 after the battle of San Jacinto and soon enlisted in the Army of the Republic of Texas, where he served under his uncle Edward Burleson. He remained in the army until 1846, when he was a first lieutenant. His father and one brother were murdered by Mexican guerrillas, and he, along with another brother, systematically sought out and killed the murderers over a period of years. In 1849–51 Rogers filibustered for fifteen months in Cuba, where he was captured and sentenced to death; later his sentence was commuted to life in prison, but through the intercession of the American and British governments, he was released and returned to Texas.

He first married Annette Malvina Brightman of Goliad, who died May 5, 1862. They had three children. He married Sarah Emma Stribling of Charco on November 11, 1863. They had four children. Having acquired land near Refugio, Rogers became active and prominent in public affairs in Refugio County. He served as chief justice of that county in 1854–55 and 1860–61. While chief justice, he in 1861 sponsored the organization of the Refugio Guardes, a local home-guard company, and in that same year he was commissioned a major and assigned to command the Third Texas State Troops, which protected supply lines in South Texas during the Civil War. Rogers returned to Refugio after the war and was elected as a Democrat to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature in 1873. He participated in the Coke-Davis controversy on the side of Democrat Richard Coke and against Republican incumbent Edmund J. Davis. Rogers again became county judge of Refugio County in 1877 and continued in office until his death at Refugio on October 31, 1889. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Refugio.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Mrs. Frank DeGarmo, Pathfinders of Texas, 1836–1846 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1951). Hobart Huson, Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times to 1953 (2 vols., Woodsboro, Texas: Rooke Foundation, 1953, 1955).

Hobart Huson

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Hobart Huson, "ROGERS, LIEUEN MORGAN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro62), accessed August 28, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.