|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire's At-large district (Seat 1)|
March 4, 1789 – March 4, 1791
|Succeeded by||Jeremiah Smith|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire's At-large district (Seat 4)|
March 4, 1795 – March 4, 1803
|Preceded by||Paine Wingate|
|Succeeded by||David Hough|
August 8, 1735|
Andover, Province of Massachusetts Bay
|Died||February 6, 1806
Canterbury, New Hampshire
|Spouse(s)||Hannah Badger Foster
Mary Wise Rogers Foster
Mary Foster Gerrish
Elizabeth Foster Gerrish
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Abiel Foster (August 8, 1735 – February 6, 1806) was an American clergyman and statesman from Canterbury, New Hampshire. He represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress and the U.S. Congress.
Foster was born in Andover, Massachusetts in 1735 the son of Asa and Elizabeth Foster. He graduated from Harvard College in 1756 and went on to study theology. His ordination as a pastor in Canterbury was in 1761, and he married Hanna Badger in that year. He served as pastor in Canterbury until 1779. Hanna died in 1768. With his second wife, Mary Wise Rogers, he had eight children, Hannah, William, James, Sarah, Martha, Abiel, Mary, and Elizabeth.
From 1783 to 1785, Foster was a delegate for New Hampshire to the Continental Congress. On March 3, 1789, he became a member of the First United States Congress as a Representative from New Hampshire until March 3, 1791. He returned to the state legislature in 1791, serving there until 1794 when he was elected again to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served there from March 3, 1795 to March 3, 1803.
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