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Martin Ambrose Foran (November 11, 1844 – June 28, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Martin Ambrose Foran
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 21st district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1889
Preceded byJohn Bingham
Succeeded byTheodore E. Burton
Personal details
Born(1844-11-11)November 11, 1844
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 28, 1921(1921-06-28) (aged 76)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting placeLake View Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Kate Kavanaugh
Emma Kennedy
Alma materSt. Joseph's College
OccupationJudge, Cooper

Foran was born in Choconut Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. He lived on his father's farm and learned the art of coopering.[1] Foran attended the public schools and St. Joseph's College. He taught school three years and also spent two years in Ireland. He served as a private in the Fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, from April 1864 to July 1865. After the war, he taught for a few months. He found work as a cooper at Meadville, Pennsylvania, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, March 11, 1868. He was prominent in his trade and was president of the Coopers International Union, and editor of the Coopers Journal from 1870 to 1874.[1] He served as a member of the State constitutional convention of Ohio in 1873. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Cleveland. He served as prosecuting attorney for the city of Cleveland 1875-1877.

Foran was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1883 – March 4, 1889). He was not a candidate for reelection. He resumed the practice of law in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as judge of the court of common pleas from January 1911 until his death in Cleveland, Ohio, June 28, 1921. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery.

On December 29, 1868, Foran married Kate Kavanaugh. They had daughters named Gertrude M. and Margaret O. After Kate died, Foran married Emma Kennedy, December 1893.[1] He was member of the B.P.O.E., Grand Army of the Republic, and the Catholic Church.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d A History of Cleveland and Its Environs, The Heart of New Connecticut. 2, Biography. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1918. p. 270.


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