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John Hopkins Foster (January 31, 1862 – September 5, 1917) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

John H. Foster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st district
In office
May 16, 1905 – March 3, 1909
Preceded byJames A. Hemenway
Succeeded byJohn W. Boehne
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1862-01-31)January 31, 1862
Evansville, Indiana
DiedSeptember 5, 1917(1917-09-05) (aged 55)
Evansville, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
Alma materIndiana University, George Washington University

Born in Evansville, Indiana, Foster attended the common schools of his native city and was graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1882 and from the law department of Columbian University (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1884. He was admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced the practice of his profession in Evansville, Indiana. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1893. He served as judge of the superior court of Vanderburg County 1896–1905.

Foster was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James A. Hemenway. He was reelected to the Sixtieth Congress and served from May 16, 1905, to March 3, 1909. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Evansville, Indiana, where he died September 5, 1917. He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "John H. Foster (id: F000307)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James A. Hemenway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
John W. Boehne