Rogers, Robert (1731-1795)

Frontiersman and soldier.

During the French and Indian War, the British gave Rogers the command of an independent group of Rangers.

Due to his brash and often daring exploits, Rogers became something of a folk hero.

After the war Rogers took on heavy debts. In 1765 he moved to England and began a literary career. Returned to America as commander of the fort at Michilimackinac.

In 1769 Rogers was again in England and soon was incarcerated for debt. He returned to America in 1775 and the following year assumed command of a band of Loyalist rangers. After their defeat Rogers fled to England.

Born in Methuen, Massachusetts. Married Elizabeth Browne in 1761, the couple had one child before their 1778 divorce.