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Port Orange Observer Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 2 years ago

DAR members celebrate Women's History Month by honoring Volusia doctor, Josie Rogers

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Josie Rogers was one of the first female mayors in the southern states.

Sugar Mill Chapter National Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated women in America history by honoring former Daytona mayor, Josie Rogers. 

A plaque in remembrance of Rogers will be display at the Dr Josie Rogers house.

Rogers was born in Daytona Beach on November 26, 1876. She received her medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Chicago in 1907 and returned to Daytona to begin her medical career where she practiced for more than 50 years. She was one of the first women doctors in Florida and was Chief of Staff of Halifax District Hospital.

Rogers became one of the first female southern mayors when she was elected Mayor of Daytona in 1922. She was a delegate to the First International Child Welfare Conference in Geneva in 1925 and was a member of a number of organizations in the Daytona area including the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Rogers died on April 30, 1975 at the age of 98 years. She is buried in Shiloh Seventh Day Baptist Church Cemetery in Shiloh, New Jersey. 

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