Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Decatur H. RODGERS


         Decatur H. RODGERS was Judge of the Judicial Court of West Virginia, comprising the counties of Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan. He was born August 13, 1890, at Taxahaw, Lancaster County, South Carolina, to James S. Rodgers, M.D. and Mary Hedges Rodgers. In 1895, the family moved to Kentucky, taking young Rodgers, where he lived until he moved to Berkeley County in 1918. His maternal grandfather, Decatur Hedges, was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War.

         Decatur Rodgers was educated in the public schools of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Berkeley County; A.B. degree, Ogden College, Bowling Green, class of 1910; graduate of the University of Virginia, class of 1913, degree of L.L.B. He was admitted to the Bar in Martinsburg, 1913, practicing in all the courts. From 1921 to 1924 he was Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Berkeley County and, following the resignation of Judge J.M. Woods, was appointed in April 1925 by Governor Howard M. Gore of West Virginia to fill the office for the unexpired term. At the general election in November 1926, he was elected to fill that position.

         He volunteered in World War I, although he was exempt from service, and reported on September 7, 1918, to the Infantry Officers Training Camp, Camp Lee, Virginia, 22nd Company C. Q.T.S.; he was discharged November 23, 1918.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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