Charles W. Foster, Governor, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

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Charles William Foster, Jr.

Birthplace: Tiffin, Ohio
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Fountain Cemetery Fostoria Hancock County Ohio
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles William Foster, Sr. and Laura Foster
Husband of Ann Maria Foster
Father of Jessie Ann Myers and Anna Margaret Foster
Brother of Emily Foster; Laura Foster; John W Foster and Lucy Foster

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About Charles W. Foster, Governor, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Charles William Foster, Jr. (April 12, 1828 – January 9, 1904) was a U.S. Republican politician from Ohio. Foster was the 35th Governor of Ohio, and later went on to serve as Secretary of the Treasury under Benjamin Harrison.

Early life and politics

Foster was born on April 12, 1828, to from outside of Tiffin, Ohio, and then grew up in the western Seneca County boomtown of Rome. Foster married, the former Ann Maria Olmstead on November 7, 1853 in Fremont, Ohio. They had two daughters of Jessie Ann Foster, and the Annie Margaret "Anna" Foster. This is from town would merge in 1854, with the nearby town of Risdon to form name in the one city called, Fostoria, Ohio, in his honor to son of Charles W. Foster, Sr., his father it was merchant, and his wife, Laura (Crocker) Foster.

The U.S. Congressman from election and then government

He was elected to from United States House of Representatives in 1870, in serving from 1871 until in 1879. He was defeated for re-election in 1878, but was elected to the governorship a year later, serving two two-year terms between 1880 and1884. Foster was unsuccessful in a bid to return to the Ohio House in 1890, but was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison a year later as the United States Secretary of the Treasury when William Windom died in office in January 1891. He served in that role for the remainder of Harrison's term in office. From February 25, 1891 until to March 6, 1893, the future Postmaster General Robert Wynne served as his the personal secretary.

On January 6, Foster planned to attend the inauguration of Governor Myron T. Herrick. He stopped overnight at the home of his old friend, General J. Warren Keifer, in Springfield, Ohio. He was suddenly stricken while to the visiting, and died at his Keifer's home from the next day, on January 9, 1904, at the age of 75. Foster is buried in Foundation Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio.

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Tiffin, Ohio
Age 30
Age 33
Age 76
Fountain Cemetery Fostoria Hancock County Ohio