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Thomas Flournoy FOSTER

(1790-1848)

FOSTER, Thomas Flournoy, a Representative from Georgia; born in Greensboro, Ga., November 23, 1790; pursued preparatory studies, and was graduated from Franklin College in 1812; studied law at the Litchfield (Ga.) Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1816 and commenced practice in Greensboro; member of the State house of representatives 1822-1825; elected as a Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-first, Twenty-second, and Twenty-third Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1835); chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Twenty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; member of the State convention from Greene County in 1833 to reduce membership of the general assembly; moved to Columbus, Muscogee County, Ga., in 1835 and continued the practice of his profession; delegate to a convention at Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the interest of Gen. William H. Harrison’s candidacy for President of the United States; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); died in Columbus, Ga., September 14, 1848; interment in Linwood Cemetery.

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

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