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Historical Biography

Deputy Attorney General: William P. Rogers

Portrait of Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers
Rogers, William P.
4th Deputy Attorney General, -

William P. Rogers was the 4th Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He served as the Department’s second-ranking official from January 1953 to November 1957.

Mr. Rogers practiced law privately from 1950 to 1953 in New York City and Washington, DC, before returning to public service in 1953 as Deputy Attorney General at the beginning of the Eisenhower administration.

Mr. Rogers was Assistant District Attorney of New York County from 1938 to 1942 and again from 1946 to 1947. He provided counsel to the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program between 1947 and 1948. Mr. Rogers then became Chief Counsel to the Senate Investigations Subcommittee of the Executive Expenditures Committee, an appointment he held until 1950.

A native of New York, Mr. Rogers graduated from Colgate University in 1934 and earned a law degree from Cornell University in 1937. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.

Updated February 29, 2024