Charles Foster (politician)

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Charles W. Foster
Charles Foster, Brady-Handy photo portrait, ca1865-1880.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Edward F. Dickinson
Succeeded by James W. Robinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by Erasmus D. Peck
Succeeded by Thomas Ewing, Jr.
35th Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1880 – January 14, 1884
Lieutenant Andrew Hickenlooper
Preceded by Richard M. Bishop
Succeeded by George Hoadly
40th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
February 25, 1891 – March 6, 1893
President Benjamin Harrison
Preceded by William Windom
Succeeded by John G. Carlisle
Personal details
Born (1828-04-12)April 12, 1828
Tiffin, Ohio, U.S.
Died January 9, 1904(1904-01-09) (aged 75)
Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
Resting place Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Maria Olmstead Foster
Children Jessie Foster
Anna Foster
Residence Tiffin, Ohio
Profession Banker

Charles William Foster, Jr. (April 12, 1828 – January 9, 1904) was a U.S. Republican politician from Ohio. Foster was the 35th Governor of Ohio, and later went on to serve as Secretary of the Treasury under Benjamin Harrison.


Early life and politics[edit]

Foster was born on April 12, 1828, outside of Tiffin, Ohio, and then grew up in the western Seneca County of Rome. Foster married the former Ann Maria Olmstead on November 7, 1853 in Fremont, Ohio. They had two daughters of Jessie Ann Foster, and the Annie Margaret "Anna" Foster.[1] This is from town would merge in 1854, with the nearby town of Risdon to form name in the one city called, Fostoria, Ohio, in his honor to son of Charles W. Foster, Sr., his father it was merchant, and his wife, Laura (Crocker) Foster.

The U.S. Congressman from election and then government[edit]

He was elected to from United States House of Representatives in 1870, in serving from 1871 until in 1879. He was defeated for re-election in 1878, but was elected to the governorship a year later, serving two-year from terms between 1880 and the 1884, Foster was unsuccessful in a bid to return to the Ohio House in 1890, but was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison a year later, from the become as the United States Secretary of the Treasury. When Windom died in January 1891, and the served out on remainder from the Harrison's term in office, before retiring. From February 25, 1891 until to March 6, 1893, the future Postmaster General Robert Wynne was to served as his the personal secretary.

On January 6, Foster planned to attend the inauguration of Governor Myron T. Herrick. He stopped overnight at the home of his old friend, General J. Warren Keifer, in Springfield, Ohio. He was suddenly stricken while to the visiting, and died at his Keifer's home from the next day, on January 9, 1904, at the age of 75.[2] Foster is buried in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio.



External links[edit]

Wikisource-logo.svg "Foster, Charles". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900.