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Figure EUCLID B. ROGERS The Twentieth Century Church. The Object of Education, Not a Living but a Life. America's Biggest Job. The Fight is On; the Saloon Must Go. WHO IS HE Born in the Chenango Valley in the State of New York. Educated at the Norwich Academy and Colgate University. A fraternity man. A base-ball player and all-round athlete. Read law and edited a weekly paper. Admitted to the bar at Albany. Ordained to the gospel ministry by his home church, Norwich, N. Y. For twenty years growing up with the great Central West. His ministry, every year of it, rated a success. An interested student of men and movements. Alert and alive. Human to the last drop of his red blood, and allied in heartful fashion to humanity in its needs, aspirations, achievements and hopes. That's Euclid B. Rogers, of Springfield, Illinois What Folks Say Mr. L. F. Watson, Chairman Program Committee, Old Salem Chautauqua, Petersburg, Ill.—Dr. Rogers is interesting, original and forceful in all his public work, and he is blessed with a splendid delivery. As a Chautauqua lecturer he has few, if any, superiors. He is a prime favorite here. Decatur, Illinois, Herald —Dr. Rogers described the lives of several heroes in Christian service, pronounced probably the most eloquent ever heard in Decatur. The Rev. John L. Ray, Ph. D., Norwich, New York—Dr. Rogers is the most brilliant and dramatic orator, the most fascinating and charming speaker I have heard for thirty years. Hon. William C. Graves, Chicago, Ex-President Illinois State Conference of Charities and Correction—I have heard so many expressions of appreciation of your Conference address, at Galesburg, that I want to write the information to you. Several persons of good poise said it was one of the timeliest and best they ever heard. It was one of the best features of the best Conference in our history. Mr. F. Emory Lyon, Chicago, Superintendent of the Central Howard Association—It has been my pleasure to hear the remarkable lecture by Dr. Euclid B. Rogers on The Twentieth Century Church. The splendid mastery of language; the torrent of apt phrases; the appropriate use of sarcasm; the able and intelligent defense of the living Church, has seldom, if ever, been surpassed in my hearing. This lecture is sure to accomplish great good in awakening the churches that are dormant, and looking backward rather than forward. It furnishes a complete argument for the truth of the couplet that New occasions teach new duties; time makes ancient good uncouth, and the lecture should be heard everywhere. Judge J. O. Humphrey, of the Federal Court—Dr. Rogers is a scholar of the highest attainments; a pulpit orator of rare ability, who has the power to secure and hold the attention of men. He is fervid and magnetic; a bold speaker who thinks with integrity and carries conviction. I regard him as one of the best platform orators in the country. Hon. Lawrence B. Stringer, Lincoln, Ill., Presiding Judge Illinois Court of Claims, Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1904, and for U. S. Senate 1909—I regard Dr. Euclid B. Rogers as one of the inspiring orators of the American platform. His eloquence and ability, coupled with a pleasing personality and address, make him a favorite with his audiences. His lectures are entertaining, yet instructive and uplifting. He makes good on all occasions, and I unhesitatingly recommend him. Hon. I. A. Buckingham, Attorney and Counselor, Decatur, Ill.—I have heard Wendell Phillips, Bourke Cochran, William J. Bryan, and many other illustrious orators, and have felt the marvelous power of their eloquence. I have also had the pleasure of listening to the Rev. Euclid B. Rogers in the pulpit and on the platform, not once, but many times, and have felt the magnetic influence, the resistless charm and the thrilling force of his masterful delivery. Dr. Rogers has a wonderful command of chaste language and choice metaphor; his word pictures are matchless. He captivates his audience at the threshold and holds them in raptures to the close. He has no equal on the platform or in the pulpit for power and pathos. More of What Folks Say Hon. John J. Hamilton, Palms, Calif., Litterateur, Author The Dethronement of the City Boss.—The lecture of Euclid B. Rogers, delivered before the State Conference of Charities and Correction in Des Moines, aroused more interest and enthusiasm in the distinguished and cultivated audience which heard it than has been evoked by any address given in the city for a long time. Dr. Rogers is a born orator, with a personality strongly resembling that of the noted lecturers of the greatest days of the rostrum. His deep, moral earnestness; his genuine sympathy with the masses; his love of truth and hatred of shams, all combined with a keen wit and hearty humor, make him a power on the platform rarely equaled. He ranks with Hillis, Gunsaulus, and the real princes of the present day forum. Mr. H. B. Hawley, Des Moines, President Great Western Accident Association—It was my recent pleasure and profit to hear the lecture of Dr. E. B. Rogers on The Twentieth Century Church. It has been my privilege to hear most of the great orators in this country since the days of Henry Ward Beecher and John B. Gough. To my mind, Dr. Rogers is today one of the greatest of our American lecturers. He is especially eloquent, magnetic, and is evidently a great student of literature and history. I do not recall listening to a more eloquent or acceptable address than the one recently given by Dr. Rogers in Des Moines. He certainly has a message for the Twentieth Century which should be heard all over this land. Mrs. Ella Hamilton Durley, Palms, Calif., Author, Lecturer, Prominent Club Woman—I attended the annual meeting of the International Lyceum Association at Winona Lake the past summer, and heard the greatest lecturers of the country in what each made his supreme effort. I have since heard Dr. Euclid B. Rogers, and I certainly think Dr. Rogers the peer of any man on the American platform today. His delivery is intensely dramatic; his thought and expression original and striking; his personality magnetic; his hold on his audience that of the master. There is a call for such as he on the lecture platform. Mr. C. E. Gullett, Chairman Program Committee, Lincoln (Ill.) Chautauqua—I am glad to learn that Dr. Euclid B. Rogers contemplates devoting more time in the near future to the lecture platform. He will bring unusual gifts of oratory to charm Lyceum and Chautauqua audiences. I have heard Dr. Rogers often—always with increasing admiration. He fits great occasions. As one Chautauqua committeeman speaking frankly to others, I say that Dr. Rogers will hold your most exacting hearers to his last syllable, and send them back to their tents with a new zeal for noble endeavor. Mr. Fred C. Dodds, Secretary State of Illinois Board of Pharmacy—Dr. Rogers always has a message, knows what he wants to say and how to say it. My work during the last twenty years has thrown me into close personal contact with all the leading public men and orators of Illinois, and not a few of the nation. I regard Dr. Rogers as the equal of any of them. The Rev. J. H. Sowerby, D. D., Secretary and Manager Canton (Ill.) Chautauqua—I consider Dr. Rogers one of the most brilliant platform men in this country. I have the greatest pleasure in recommending him to the American public. Mr. H. A. McKeene, Secretary—Dr. Rogers' lecture, The Object of Education, Not a Living but a Life, delivered at the annual meeting of the Illinois Farmers' Institute at Ottawa, was, from introduction to conclusion, entertaining, inspiring and instructive. At its close many citizens agreed that, not since the days of Robert G. Ingersoll, had so eloquent an address been heard in that vicinity. The Rev. Austen K. De Blois, D. D., Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boston—I have known Dr. Euclid B. Rogers for many years. His personality grips one the first time of meeting. He makes and holds friends because of his great heart, his big brain, and his wonderful knowledge of men and things. He combines, in a rare degree, the gifts of the literary critic, the student of human nature, and the orator. The Rev. Andrew H. Harnly, Superintendent Chicago District, Anti-Saloon League—He never stoops to the ordinary or commonplace. He knows life. He keeps his great, warm heart beating up to and in tender sympathy with the world's aching heart. He knows; and it is that that makes him the man with a message and a mission. He thinks mighty thoughts, and he tells them in a way to grip men's hearts and stir their consciences. In the matter and the manner of his messages he has few peers in pulpit or on platform. He may have a superior, but I have not heard him, and I have heard several. Fred Emerson Brooks, the California orator-poet, says: Dr. Rogers is a scholar and an orator. Mr. John H. Neher, for eight years Secretary of the Business Men's Association, Springfield, Ill.—Dr. Euclid B. Rogers is a man preacher. Man first, and that's one of the reasons he got such a tremendous grip on the business and professional life of our city. At all our public What Others Folks Say functions we always felt at liberty to call on Rogers, and he always responded in his own unique, inimitable way. Rogers carries the goods. Mr. Ernest A. Scrogin, Superintendent Anti-Saloon League of Illinois—If you want to hear a speaker who will thrill you, charm you, and stir you with a passion for the doing of good and great things, you should hear Dr. Euclid B. Rogers. He is an orator in the truest sense. He possesses the consummate power to persuade and to move to action. The Rev. M. P. Boynton, D. D., Pastor of the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Chicago—He is one of the most powerful public speakers on the American platform today. His style is direct, and his delivery is full of force. The way in which he presents his theme is almost unique. He compels thought, while at the same time entertaining his auditor. He is an inspirational, easily remembered, most helpful orator. Mr. J. H. Collins, for more than twenty-five years Superintendent of Schools of the city of Springfield, Ill.—As a popular platform orator he ranks among the best. Whether in the pulpit, at a High School or college commencement, or before a Chautauqua assembly, he is always instructive and entertaining, and never fails to delight his audiences. Dr. Rogers is a man of high ideals and of sincere purpose; an intense student of men and things; very resourceful as to subject-matter and illustrations, and most original in manner and method of presenting his lectures. The Rev. M. Edwin Johnson, Manager New Piasa Chautauqua—He is great. This scholarly man is forging to the front with marvelous rapidity. If you call him once you will repeat the call. He is a man of power. Dr. Rogers was the grand orator of the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M., of the State of Illinois, 1909, and pronounced the oration at Medinah Temple, Chicago, October 13th, and in a personal letter, Hon. Alexander H. Bell, M. W. Grand Master, said: I most earnestly thank you for your splendid oration. It shed lustre upon my administration, and, while it honored the Grand Lodge, it won you lots of friends in every section of our State. The Rev. E. W. Lounsbury, D. D., Ex-Secretary Lake District of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, Chicago—This certifies that Rev. Euclid B. Rogers, D. D., is, in my opinion, the finest platform speaker and one of the ablest preachers in this or in contiguous states. Every sentence a gem, which charms while it penetrates; which convinces while it delights. He can grace any platform and fill any audience with admiration. His dramatic power is one of his chief attractions. Had he chosen the stage, there had been no rival. Hon. Joseph Carter, Member General Assembly, State of Illinois, Champaign—It has been my pleasure and my profit to hear Dr. Euclid B. Rogers speak from the pulpit and from the platform quite frequently of late, and always he has impressed me as in all respects as able as any lecturer or orator to whom I have listened in the last decade. He has grand things to say, and he says them grandly; and, more than this, he himself is a grand man, with grand ideals, capable of raising others to his high plane of thinking. In a personal letter by one of the leading men in his denomination the writer says: It is said by several of our strongest ministers and laymen in Chicago that when Dr. Euclid B. Rogers and Charles S. Morris, the celebrated colored orator, spoke at the Illinois State Convention a few years since, each speaking an hour, they were the finest specimens of oratory ever heard in the State, not excepting the great debate between Lincoln and Douglas. Hon. E. L. Chapin, Attorney, One Time President Business Men's Association, President, 1909, State Y. M. C. A., Springfield, Ill.—As a pulpit orator he holds his audience from the beginning until the last word is spoken. On the lecture platform he towers like a giant. For seventeen years no church event or business men's banquet seemed quite complete unless he acted either as toastmaster or afterdinner speaker. It was enough to announce Rogers, and every chair would be filled. Wit lent him her choicest arrows; wisdom furnished the bow, and the English language the arm of steel. He is the master of the first; the lover of the second, and the mighty commander of the last. In Dr. Euclid B. Rogers a great heart beats; a great brain directs; a great purpose controls; a heart that in sympathy touches your heart and mind; a brain that in power commands the situation; a purpose that in reality tells for the betterment of the world. Mr. A. L. Bowen, Springfield, Ill., Secretary State Conference of Charities and Correction—Dr. E. B. Rogers delivered an address on The Twentieth Century Church, which was probably the best effort in that brilliant minister's life. It was the hit of the Conference.
|Title||Euclid B. Rogers|
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