David Johnson Foster (June 27, 1857 – March 21, 1912) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.

David J. Foster
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 21, 1912
Preceded byH. Henry Powers
Succeeded byFrank L. Greene
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1857-06-27)June 27, 1857
Barnet, Vermont, U.S.
DiedMarch 21, 1912(1912-03-21) (aged 54)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mabel M. Allen Foster
Alma materDartmouth College
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer


Foster was born in Barnet, Vermont, a son of Jacob Prentiss Foster and Matilda (Cahoon) Foster. He attended the public schools in Barnet and graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1876 and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1880.[1]

He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1883. He began the practice of law in Burlington, Vermont. Foster served as Chittenden County State's Attorney from 1886 until 1890.[2] He served as a member of the Vermont State Senate from 1892 until 1894.[3] Foster was the first president of the Young Men's Republican Club of Vermont, which was organized in 1894.[4] He was state tax commissioner from 1894 until 1898.[5]

Former Washington, D.C. residence (left) of David J. Foster

He served as chairman of the board of railroad commissioners from 1898 until 1900,[6] and as chairman of the commission representing the United States at the first Centennial of the Independence of Mexico at Mexico City in 1910. Foster was the chairman of the United States delegation to the general assembly of the International Institute of Agriculture at Rome in May 1911.[7]

Foster was elected as a Republican candidate to the Fifty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1901 until his death in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 1912.[8] He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce and Labor during the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses. He served as the chairman on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Sixty-first Congress.

Foster was interred in Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont.

Personal lifeEdit

Mabel Allen Foster

Foster married Mabel M. Allen Foster in 1883. They had three children together, Mabel Foster, Mathilde Foster and Mildred Foster.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "david johnson foster". Library of Congress. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "David J. Foster". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Foster, David Johnson (1857-1912)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Forbes, Charles S. (1898). The Vermonter, Volumes 4-5. Charles S. Forbes. p. 232.
  5. ^ "120 Buell Street". University of Vermont. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  6. ^ Vermont. General Assembly (1899). Journal of the Senate of Vermont. Vermont. General Assembly. p. 359.
  7. ^ United States. Congress (2005). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005. Government Printing Office. p. 1075. ISBN 9780160731761.
  8. ^ "Rep. David Foster". Govtrack.us. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Vermont Historical Society (1918). Vermont history. Vermont Historical Society. p. 122.

Further readingEdit

  • "The Vermonter, Volumes 4-5" by Charles S. Forbes, 1898.

External linksEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
H. Henry Powers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1901 – March 21, 1912
Succeeded by
Frank L. Greene