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Charles FOSTER

(1828-1904)

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.

Bibliography

Murray, Melvin L. Charles Foster, Ohio’s Master Politician: Congress, Contracts, and Calico. [Fostoria, Ohio]: M.L. Murray, [1997].

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

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