Herman Livingston Rogers (1891-1957)

Herman L. Rogers, of Cannes, Cote-d'Azur, France

Associated Houses

Drayton House

Hyde Park

He grew up at Crumwold Hall in Hyde Park, New York. He graduated from Yale (1914) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1917). Just seven years later, he decided to retire from engineering to "devote himself to a life of travel and self-cultivation"... lucky man! His first stop was Peking, where he and his wife offered Wallis Simpson refuge after her first failed marriage to Earl Winfield Spencer - Wallis had lived with the Rogers for a year in 1920. On returning from China, he lived between Hyde Park in New York, London, and his villa "Lou Viei" in Cannes on France's Cote-d'Azur. His first wife, Katherine Moore, died at Cannes in 1949. The following year, he married Mrs Marie Lucy Catherine Fury Wann, the widow of Sir Archibald Wann. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were witnesses for his second wedding, as Herman and his first wife has been witnesses to their wedding in 1937. It was at Rogers' villa in Cannes where Mrs Simpson stayed while her husband abdicated from the throne. At Cannes, Herman occasionally acted as an intermediary between the Duchess and the press. 
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 16/12/2019 and last updated on 10/08/2020.
Herman L. Rogers is Dead in France, The New York Times, October 22, 1957; Villa Lou Viei from the Archives of Cannes; Hidden History of Aiken County by Dr Tom Mack