Abiel Foster (August 8, 1735 – February 6, 1806) was an American clergyman and politician from Canterbury, Province of New Hampshire. He represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress and the U.S. Congress.

Abiel Foster
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire's At-large district (Seat 1)
In office
June 23, 1789 – March 4, 1791
Preceded by(none)
Succeeded byJeremiah Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire's At-large district (Seat 4)
In office
March 4, 1795 – March 4, 1803
Preceded byPaine Wingate
Succeeded byDavid Hough
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
1791-1794
Personal details
Born(1735-08-08)August 8, 1735
Andover, Province of Massachusetts Bay
DiedFebruary 6, 1806(1806-02-06) (aged 70)
Canterbury, New Hampshire
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Hannah Badger Foster
Mary Wise Rogers Foster
Children8
ResidenceCanterbury
Alma materHarvard University
ProfessionPastor, politician

BiographyEdit

Foster was born in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1735, the son of Asa and Elizabeth Foster. He graduated from Harvard College in 1756 and went on to study theology. His ordination as a pastor in Canterbury was in 1761, and he married Hanna Badger in that year. He served as pastor in Canterbury until 1779. Hanna died in 1768. With his second wife, Mary Wise Rogers, he had eight children.[1]

CareerEdit

From 1783 to 1785, Foster was a delegate for New Hampshire to the Continental Congress.[2] On March 3, 1789, he became a member of the First United States Congress as a Representative from New Hampshire until March 3, 1791. He returned to the New Hampshire Senate] in 1791, serving there until 1794 when he was elected again to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served there from March 3, 1795, to March 3, 1803.[3]

New York June, 14th 1790, From Abiel Foster and Benjamin Huntington to President George Washington: Sir We hope it's not disagreeable that we mention the Hone William Ellery of Newport as a good man for a Commissioner of loans or a District Judge, or a Collector of the Duties for the Port of Newport in Rhode Island1 His Character is well known from past services in, & under various appointments from, the late Congress He was commissioner of Loans at the adoption of the Constitution and will doubtless give Satisfaction in any of the abovementioned Offices. We2 are most Respectfully your most hume Servts[4]. Abiel Foster and Benjamin Huntington


DeathEdit

Foster died in Canterbury on February 6, 1806. He is interred at the Center Cemetery, Canterbury, New Hampshire.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Abiel Foster". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Abiel Foster". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Abiel Foster". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  4. ^ https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-05-02-0328
  5. ^ "Abiel Foster". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 July 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
(none)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district

June 23, 1789 – March 3, 1791
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Smith
Preceded by
Paine Wingate
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1795 – March 3, 1803
Succeeded by
David Hough