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Addison Gardner FOSTER

(1837-1917)
Senate Years of Service:
1899-1905
Party:
Republican

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 1873 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; chairman, Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Geological Survey (Fifty-eighth Congress); 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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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