Roger Sherman Baldwin Foster

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Roger Sherman Baldwin Foster
Born (1857-04-21)April 21, 1857
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died February 22, 1924(1924-02-22) (aged 66)
New York City
Nationality American
Alma mater Boston Latin School
University of Marburg
Yale University
Columbia Law School
Occupation Lawyer
Spouse(s) Laura Pugh Moxley
Parent(s) Dwight Foster
Henrietta Perkins Baldwin
Relatives Roger Sherman Baldwin, Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman Baldwin Foster (April 21, 1857 – February 22, 1924) was an American lawyer. He was instrumental in getting the charges against the Homestead Strike participants dropped.

Early life and education[edit]

Foster was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the son of Dwight Foster and Henrietta Perkins Baldwin,[1] daughter of Connecituct Governor and US Senator Roger Sherman Baldwin, and the great-great grandson of Roger Sherman. [2]

He attended Boston Latin School[3] and the University of Marburg (1873-1874).[4] In 1878, he graduated from Yale University,[5] where he was a member of Skull and Bones,[1] Psi Upsilon Fraternity,[6] and Linonia.[1]

In 1880, having studied law in the office of Henry E. Davies and at Columbia,[1] he received his LL.B. from Columbia Law School, and was admitted to the bar.[7] In 1883 he earned his M.A. from Yale.[8]


He began the practice of law in New York City in 1880.[2] In 1888, he lectured at Yale on Federal Jurisprudence.[7] He was appointed by Governor Flower to the Tenement House Commission in 1894.[9]

He was the author of numerous legal pamphlets and treatises. An article he wrote for Albany Law Journal giving his opinion that there was no precedent for treason charges against Homestead Strike participants was instrumental in getting those charges dropped.[10]

Foster died on February 22, 1924 and was buried in Kensico Cemetery.[1]

Family life[edit]

Foster was married to Laura Pugh Moxley on 22 February 1921 in Plainfield, New Jersey. They had one daughter, Laura Alice.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Roger Sherman Baldwin Foster" (PDF), Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1923-1924, New Haven: Yale University, pp. 1058–60, 1924, retrieved 19 November 2016 
  2. ^ a b Sherman, Thomas Townsend (1920). Sherman Genealogy Including Families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England: Some Descendants of the Immigrants, Captain John Sherman, Reverend John Sherman, Edmund Sherman and Samuel Sherman, and the Descendents of Honorable Roger Sherman and Honorable Charles R. Sherman. T. A. Wright. p. 346. 
  3. ^ Boston Latin School (Mass.), and, Jenks, Henry Fitch (1886). Catalogue of the Boston Public Latin School, Established in 1635: With an Historical Sketch, Prepared by Henry F. Jenks. Boston Latin School Association. p. 233. 
  4. ^ Psi Upsilon (1888). General Catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Psi Upsilon. p. 248. 
  5. ^ Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor (1877). The Yale Pot-pourri, Volumes 13-16. Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor. p. 30. 
  6. ^ Psi Upsilon (1941). Annals of Psi Upsilon, 1833-1941: Including A History of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity Written in 1843, by William Taylor. The Story of the Psi Upsilon, by Willard Fiske. The Psi Upsilon Epitome, by Albert P. Jacobs ... and a Directory of Living Members and Their Addresses Compiled by the Alumni Association of Psi Upsilon. Psi Upsilon Fraternity. p. 374. 
  7. ^ a b Yale University (1902). Catalogue. Yale University. p. 266. 
  8. ^ Psi Upsilon Fraternity (1917). The twelfth general catalogue of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Psi Upsilon Fraternity. p. 125. 
  9. ^ Pierce, Frederick Clifton (1899). Foster genealogy, Part 1. W.B. Conkey Co. p. 402. 
  10. ^ Leonard, John W., ed. (1909). Who's Who in New York City and State, 4th Biennial Edition. L.R. Hamersly & Co. p. 501. 

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