Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Emma Winner Rogers, 1855-1922


ROGERS, Mrs. Emma Winner, author, is a native of Plainfield, N. J. On both sides she has the advantage of good ancestry. She is the daughter of Rev. John Ogden Winner, and the granddaughter of Rev. Isaac Winner, D. D., both being clergymen of the Methodist Episcopal Church and natives of New jersey. On the maternal side she is the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Moses Taylor, and Moses Taylor, second, during their lives successful business men of New York City. She received her early education in private schools in jersey City. N. J., graduating from Pennington Seminary, Pennington, N. J., and later from the University of Michigan. For six years she was the corresponding secretary of the Woman's Home Missionary Society of Detroit Conference, and is now the honorary president of the Rock River Conference Woman's Home Missionary Society. She is connected with the woman's work of the Columbia Exposition, as the chairman of the committee on municipal order, of the World's Congress Auxiliary. She is a member of the Chicago Fortnightly Club. She is specially interested in literary work in the line of social science and political economy, and has been a contributor on those subjects to various papers and periodicals. She has written a monograph entitled "Deaconesses in Early and Modern Church." which exhibits diligent research and marked historical and literary ability. While yet young, she became the wife of Henry Wade Rogers, of Buffalo, N. Y., afterwards dean of the law school of the University of Michigan, and now the president of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. She is a woman of marked ability, especially endowed with the logical faculty and with the power of dispassionate judgment. She is a type of the younger college woman, who, with the advantage of the wider training of the higher education, brings her disciplined faculties to bear with equally good effect upon the amenities of social life and the philanthropic and economic questions of the day. As the wife of the president of a great university, her influence upon the young men and women connected with it is marked and advantageous. While she is still a young woman, she has already left an impress upon the life of her times that is both salutary and permanent.

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