Rogers, Edwin Clay (1805–1880)

By: Melanie F. Healy

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 31, 2022

Edwin Clay Rogers was born January 4, 1805, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, one of three sons of Joseph D. and Cassandra (Heathly) Rogers. In 1837 he moved to Texas with his father and brothers, Joseph I. and Joseph J. The four settled just south of Bonham in Fannin County. Having studied medicine at Transylvania College in Kentucky, Edwin C. Rogers became a prominent physician in his new home state. He also served as a private in Capt. Mark R. Roberts's company of the Fannin County Rangers from October 18, 1839, to March 16, 1840. In 1840–41 Rogers served as a representative of Fannin County in the House of the Fifth Congress of the Republic of Texas. In 1844 he married Nancy Lackey, who was born in Illinois in 1825; they had five children. Rogers was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1868-1869 during Reconstruction, where he sought to promote education. He had a large personal library and maintained a one-room school on his own property. Rogers died on February 4, 1880, in Fannin County and was buried in the Hampton Cemetery.

Floy Crandall Hodge, A History of Fannin County (Hereford, Texas: Pioneer, 1966). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Military
  • Soldiers
  • Politics and Government
  • Government Officials
  • Republic of Texas Congressmen
  • Fifth Congress (1840-1841)
Time Periods:
  • Republic of Texas
  • Antebellum Texas
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction

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

Melanie F. Healy Revised by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, “Rogers, Edwin Clay,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 26, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 31, 2022

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