Rogers, William Banks was born on December 7, 1857 in Cincinnati. Son of Joseph Hill and Mary Rose (McIlvain) Rogers.
Academy and college course, St. Xaviers College, 1869-1875, St. Stanislaus Seminary, Normal, Florisant, Missouri, 1875-1879, Woodstock College, Maryland., philosophy, science, 1879-1881. Louvain, Belgium, metaphysics, ethics, 1881-1882. Woodstock College, theology, 1887-1891.
Taught English and classics, St. Ignatius College, Chicago, 1882-1884, St. Xavier’s College, Cincinnati, 1884-1887. Ordained R.C. priest, 1890. Prefect studies St. Xavier’s College, Cincinnati, 1891-1892, Marquette College, Milwaukee, 1893-1895, St. Saint Louis University, 1896-1898.
President Marquette College, 1898-1900, St. Saint Louis University, 1900-1908. Resigned February 1908, on account of ill health. In 1903 secured Marion-Sims-Beaumont College of Medicine, St. Louis, as medical department St. Saint Louis University.