Will Rogers (1879 - 1935), the cowboy humorist, came to Greenville on April 6, 1926, and gave two performances to 5,000 fans. Rogers was born on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. He later joined a Wild West show as a trick roper and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at once. Rogers toured the world, wrote a syndicated news column and six books, appeared in 50 silent films and 21 talking movies, and was a popular radio personality. He died at the age of 55 when his plane crashed in Alaska.