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Martin David Foster (September 3, 1861 – October 20, 1919) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Martin D. Foster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 23rd district
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1919
Preceded byFrank S. Dickson
Succeeded byEdwin B. Brooks
Personal details
Born(1861-09-03)September 3, 1861
West Salem, Illinois
DiedOctober 20, 1919(1919-10-20) (aged 58)
Olney, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Born near West Salem, Illinois, Foster attended the public schools and Eureka College (Illinois). He was graduated from the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1882 and from the Hahnemann Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, in 1884. He commenced the practice of medicine in Olney, Illinois, in 1884. He served as a member of a board of United States examining surgeons in 1885-1889, and again from 1893 to 1897. He served as mayor of Olney, Illinois, in 1895 and 1902.

Foster was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1919). He served as chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining (Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918. He engaged in the practice of medicine until his death in Olney, Illinois, October 20, 1919. He was interred in Haven Hill Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Martin D. Foster (id: F000309)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank S. Dickson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Edwin B. Brooks