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Rogers, John Almanza Rowley (12 November 1828–22 July 1906), clergyman, missionary, and a cofounder of Berea College, was born of Puritan ancestry in Cornwall, Connecticut, the son of John Cornwall Rogers, a prominent farmer and landowner, and Elizabeth Hamlin. He attended Williams Academy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with the intention of attending Yale University. This hope was dashed when at age fifteen, a family move to Pittsfield, Ohio, placed Rogers close to Oberlin College. At Oberlin Rogers studied theology, Latin, and Greek, receiving his B.A. in theology in 1851 and his master’s degree from Oberlin Seminary in 1855. In 1856 he married Elizabeth Lewis Embree, an Oberlin student; they had six children. She became his teaching partner in the one-room schoolhouse, “poorly fitted even for a stable,” that was Berea College’s earliest beginnings....