Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968-2001).
Rogers was well known for his gentle, soft-spoken personality and his directness to his audiences; Over the course of his decades on television, he became an indelible American icon of children's entertainment and education, as well as a symbol of compassion, patience, and morality. He was also known for his advocacy of various public causes. He testified to the U.S. Supreme Court on time shifting; and he gave a now-famous speech before the U.S. Senate, advocating government funding for children's television rather than the Vietnam War.
On July 9, 2002, President George W. Bush awarded Fred Rogers the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, for his contributions to Children's Education. The President stated, "Fred Rogers has proven that television can soothe the soul and nurture the spirit and teach the very young".