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FOSTER, A. Lawrence, a Representative from New York; attended the public schools; studied law in Vernon; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Morrisville about 1827; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); settled permanently in Virginia.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, Abiel, a Delegate and a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Andover, Mass., August 8, 1735; was graduated from Harvard College in 1756; studied theology; licensed to preach; was ordained and installed as pastor in Canterbury, N.H., in 1761 and served until 1779; deputy to the Provincial Congress at Exeter in 1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1783-1785; judge of the court of common pleas of Rockingham County 1784-1788; elected to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); member of the State senate 1791-1794, and served as its president in 1793; elected to the Fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1803); died in Canterbury, N.H., February 6, 1806; interment in Center Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, Addison Gardner, a Senator from Washington; born in Belchertown, Hampshire County, Mass., January 28, 1837; moved to Oswego, Kendall County, Ill., and attended the common schools; moved to Wabasha County, Minn., and engaged in the grain and real-estate business; auditor and surveyor of Wabasha County; moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1878 and engaged in the lumber business; moved to Tacoma, Wash., in 1888 and continued in the lumber business; also engaged in coal-mine operations and railroad construction; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1905; was not a candidate for reelection; resumed the lumber business at Tacoma, Wash.; retired from active business pursuits in 1914, and resided in Tacoma until his death January 16, 1917; interment in Tacoma Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, Charles, a Representative from Ohio; born near Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio, April 12, 1828; moved with his father to Rome, now the city of Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio; attended the common schools until he was twelve years old; engaged in the dry-goods business and later banking; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1879); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress; Governor of Ohio 1880-1884; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Harrison from February 25, 1891, to March 3, 1893; resumed his former business pursuits; died in Springfield, Ohio, January 9, 1904; interment in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, David Johnson, a Representative from Vermont; born in Barnet, Caledonia County, Vt., June 27, 1857; attended the public schools of his native city and was graduated from the St. Johnsbury (Vt.) Academy in 1876 and from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1880; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced practice in Burlington, Vt.; prosecuting attorney of Chittenden County 1886-1890; member of the State senate 1892-1894; commissioner of State taxes 1894-1898; chairman of the board of railroad commissioners 1898-1900; chairman of the commission representing the United States at the first Centennial of the Independence of Mexico at Mexico City in 1910; chairman of the United States delegation to the general assembly of the International Institute of Agriculture at Rome in May 1911; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 21, 1912; interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vt. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, Dwight (brother of Theodore Foster), a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Brookfield, Worcester County, Mass., December 7, 1757; completed preparatory studies, and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1774; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1778 and commenced practice in Providence, R.I.; justice of the peace for Worcester Comity 1781-1823; special justice of the court of common pleas in 1792; sheriff of Worcester County in 1792; member of the State house of representatives in 1791 and 1792; elected as a Federalist to the Third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1793, to June 6, 1800, when he resigned; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1799; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Dexter and served from June 6, 1800, to March 2, 1803, when he resigned; served as chief justice of the court of common pleas 1801-1811; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1808 and 1809; member of the Governor's council and held other State and local offices; died in Brookfield, Mass., April 29, 1823; interment in Brookfield Cemetery. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, Ephraim Hubbard, a Senator from Tennessee; born near Bardstown, Nelson County, Ky., September 17, 1794; moved to Tennessee with his parents, who settled near Nashville, Davidson County, in 1797; completed preparatory studies, and was graduated from Cumberland College (later the University of Nashville) in 1818; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Nashville, Tenn.; served in the Creek War and was private secretary to Gen. Andrew Jackson 1813-1815; member of the State house of representatives 1829-1831 and 1835-1837, and served as speaker during that time; appointed as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Felix Grundy and served from September 17, 1838, to March 3, 1839; was reelected for the term beginning March 4, 1839, but resigned, not wishing to obey instructions given him by the State legislature; presidential elector on the Whig ticket of Harrison and Tyler in 1840; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his successor, Felix Grundy, and served from October 17, 1843, to March 3, 1845; unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor in 1845; resumed the practice of law; died in Nashville, Tenn., September 14, 1854; interment in the City Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, George Peter, a Representative from Illinois; born in Dover, Morris County, N.J., April 3, 1858; moved to Chicago in 1867; attended the public schools and the University of Chicago; was graduated from Union College of Law at Chicago in 1882; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; justice of the peace for the town of South Chicago 1891-1899; acting police magistrate of the principal police court of the city 1893-1899; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Bryan and Sewell in 1896, but resigned in order to permit a fusion between the Democratic and People's Parties; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1905); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1904; resumed the practice of law; assistant corporation counsel of Chicago, Ill., 1912-1922; retired from active pursuits in 1928 and moved to Wheaton, Ill., where he died November 11, 1928; interment in Calvary Cemetery, Chicago, Ill. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1175

 

FOSTER, Henry Allen, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Hartford, Conn., May 7, 1800; moved to Cazenovia, N.Y., when a boy; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Oneida County, N.Y.; surrogate to Oneida County 1827-1831 and 1835-1839; supervisor of the town of Rome, [p.1176] N.Y., in 1829 and 1830, and again in 1833 and 1834; member of the State senate 1831-1834 and 1841-1844; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1839); resumed the practice of law in Rome; appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Silas Wright, Jr., and served from November 30, 1844, to January 27, 1845, when a successor was elected and qualified; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at New York in 1848; elected judge of the supreme court for the fifth district November 3, 1863, and served from January l, 1864, to January 1, 1872; senior member and president of the board of trustees of Hamilton College; vice president of the American Colonization Society; died in Rome, N.Y., May 11, 1889; interment in Rome Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1176

 

FOSTER, Henry Donnel (cousin of John Cabell Breckinridge), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Mercer, Mercer County, Pa., December 19, 1808; pursued classical studies; was graduated from the College of Meadville; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in Greensburg, Pa.; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); member of the State house of representatives in 1857 and 1858; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1860; unsuccessfully contested the election of John Covode to the Forty-first Congress; elected to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Greensburg, Pa.; moved to Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pa., in 1879 and died there October 16, 1880; interment in St. Clair Cemetery, Greensburg, Pa.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1176

 

FOSTER, Israel Moore, a Representative from Ohio; born in Athens, Athens County, Ohio, January 12, 1873; attended the public schools, and was graduated from the Ohio University at Athens in 1895; studied law at the Harvard Law School in 1895 and 1896; was graduated from the Ohio State Law School in 1898 and commenced practice the same year in Athens, Ohio; prosecuting attorney of Athens County 1902-1910; member and secretary of the board of trustees of the Ohio University twenty-four years; secretary of the Republican State central committee in 1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth, Sixty-seventh, and Sixty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1925); unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1924; appointed a commissioner of the court of claims April 1, 1925, and served until April 1, 1942, when he retired; died in Washington, D.C., June 10, 1950; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1176

 

FOSTER, John Hopkins, a Representative from Indiana; born in Evansville, Vanderburg County, Ind., January 31, 1862; attended the common schools of his native city and was graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1882 and from the law department of Columbian University (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1884; was admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced the practice of his profession in Evansville, Ind.; member of the State house of representatives in 1893; judge of the superior court of Vanderburg County 1896-1905; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James A. Hemenway; reelected to the Sixtieth Congress and served from May 16, 1905, to March 3, 1909; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Evansville, Ind., where he died September 5, 1917; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1176

 

FOSTER, Lafayette Sabine, a Senator from Connecticut; born in Franklin, New London County, Conn., November 22, 1806; attended the common schools; received preparatory instruction at Hartford and Windham, and was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1828; taught school in Providence and commenced the study of law in Norwich; took charge of an academy at Centerville, Md., and while there was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1830; returned to Norwich, Conn., and completed his law studies; was admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced the practice of his profession; moved to Hampton, Conn., in 1833, but returned to Norwich in 1835 and became editor of the Republican, a Whig newspaper; member of the State house of representatives in 1839, 1840, 1846-1848, and again in 1854, and served three years as speaker of the house; unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor of Connecticut in 1850 and again in 1851; mayor of Norwich in 1851 and 1852; elected in 1854 as a Republican to the United States Senate; reelected in 1860, and served from March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1867; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; President pro tempore of the Senate and served from March 7, 1865, to March 2, 1867, when he resigned; professor of law in Yale College in 1869; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1870 and was elected speaker but resigned June 16, 1870, to accept a judicial position; appointed associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1870 and served until 1876, when he retired; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the Forty-fourth Congress; died in Norwich, Conn., September 19, 1880; interment in Yantic Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1176

 

FOSTER, Martin David, a Representative from Illinois; born near West Salem, Edwards County, Ill., September 3, 1861; attended the public schools and Eureka (Ill.) College; was graduated from the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1882 and from the Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, Ill., in 1884; commenced the practice of medicine in Olney, Richland County, Ill., in 1884; served as a member of a board of United States examining surgeons in 1885-1889, and again from 1893 to 1897; mayor of Olney, Ill., in 1895 and 1902; was elected surgeon of Colonel Knopf's regiment, raised for service in the Spanish-American War, but the regiment was never called into active service; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1919); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918; engaged in the practice of medicine until his death in Olney, Ill., October 20, 1919; interment in Haven Hill Cemetery. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1176

 

FOSTER, Murphy James, a Senator from Louisiana; born in Franklin, St. Mary Parish, La., January 12, 1849; received his education under private tutors and attended a preparatory school at Whites Creek, near Nashville, Tenn., and the Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1867 and 1868; was graduated from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1870 and from the law school of the University of Louisiana (now Tulane University) at New Orleans in 1871; was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Franklin, La.; member of the John McEnery Democratic legislature in 1872, but, owing to the fact that this government was never recognized by the Federal Government and the Kellogg government was, did not take his seat; member of the State senate 1879-1895, and served as president pro tempore 1888-1890; was leader of the anti lottery fight in the State legislature in 1890; was nominated by the anti lottery convention as a candidate for Governor of Louisiana; was elected and reelected and served from May 18, 1892, to May 21, 1900; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1901; reelected in 1907 and served from March 4, 1901, to March 3, 1913; appointed by President Wilson collector of the port of New Orleans and served from August 1, 1914, until his death at Dixie plantation, near Franklin, La., on June 12, 1921; interment in Franklin Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1176

 

FOSTER, Nathaniel Greene, a Representative from Georgia; born near Madison, Greene (now Morgan) County, Ga., on August 25, 1809; attended private schools, and was graduated [p.1177] from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1830; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced practice in Madison, Ga.; captain of a company in the Seminole War; elected solicitor general of the Ocmulgee circuit and served from March 3, 1838, to October 3, 1840, when he resigned; member of the State house of representatives in 1840; served in the State senate 1841-1843 and again in 1851 and 1852; elected as a candidate by the American Party to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); affiliated with the Democratic Party; pastor of the Baptist Church at Madison 1855-1869; elected judge of the Ocmulgee circuit and served from September 30, 1867, until his resignation in 1868 on account of ill health; died in Madison, Ga., October 19, 1869; interment in Madison Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1177

 

FOSTER, Stephen Clark, a Representative from Maine; born in Machias, Maine, December 24, 1799; attended the common schools; learned the blacksmith's trade and subsequently became a shipbuilder; member of the State house of representatives 1834-1837; member of the State senate in 1840, and served as president; again elected to the State house of representatives in 1847; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in Pembroke, Washington County, Maine, October 5, 1872; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1177

 

FOSTER, Theodore (brother of Dwight Foster), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Brookfield, Worcester County, Mass., April 29, 1752; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Rhode Island College (now Brown University), Providence, R.I., in 1770; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1771 and commenced practice in Providence, R.I.; town clerk of Providence 1775-1787; member of the State house of representatives 1776-1782; appointed judge of the court of admiralty in May 1785; elected as a Law and Order candidate to the United States Senate in 1790; reelected in 1791 and again in 1797 and served from June 7, 1790, to March 3, 1803; was not a candidate for reelection in 1802; retired from public life and engaged in writing and historical research; again a member of the State house of representatives 1812-1816; trustee of Brown University 1794-1822; died in Providence, R.I., January 13, 1828; interment in Swan Point Cemetery.Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1177

 

FOSTER, Thomas Flournoy, a Representative from Georgia; born in Greensboro, Ga., November 23, 1790; pursued preparatory studies, and was graduated from Franklin College in 1812; studied law at the Litchfield (Ga.) Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Greensboro; member of the State house of representatives 1822-1825; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1835); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; member of the State convention from Greene County in 1833 to reduce membership of the general assembly; moved to Columbus, Muscogee County, Ga., in 1835 and continued the practice of his profession; delegate to a convention at Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the interest of Gen. William H. Harrison's candidacy for President of the United States; elected to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); died in Columbus, Ga., September 14, 1848; interment in Linwood Cemetery. Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; Biographies, p.1177

 

FOSTER, Wilder De Ayr, a Representative from Michigan; born in Orange County, N.Y., January 8, 1819; attended the common schools of his native county; moved to Michigan in 1837, and engaged in the hardware business at Grand Rapids in 1845; city treasurer and member of the board of aldermen; mayor of Grand Rapids in 1854; member of the State senate in 1855 and 1856; again elected mayor of Grand Rapids and served in 1865 and 1866; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas White Ferry; reelected to the Forty-third Congress and served from December 4, 1871, until his death in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 20, 1873; interment in Fulton Street Cemetery.

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