John Raphael Rogers
Born December 11, 1856 – February 18, 1934
Matrix for Linotype-Machine
Patent #: 837,127
John Rogers invented a version of automatic typesetting.
In 1895, to resolve the dispute between the two companies, Merganthaler's company bought Rogers' company, and Rogers went to work for Linotype as an engineer and head of the research department. Rogers continually improved Merganthaler's original Linotype design with his own patented innovations, which kept the Linotype as an industry standard into the 1950s.
Born in Roseville, Illinois, Rogers received his A.B., A.M., and D. Sc. degrees from Oberlin College, and his LL.D. degree from Berea College. He established the Rogers Typograph Company but became entangled in lawsuits with Ottmar Merganthaler's Linotype Company.