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Hon. William Barclay Foster, Sr

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States
Death: July 27, 1855 (75)
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Alexander Foster and Ann Foster
Husband of Eliza Clayland Foster
Father of Charlotte Susanna Foster; Anne Eliza Buchanan; Henry Baldwin Foster; Henrietta Angelica Thornton; Dunning McNair Foster and 6 others
Brother of James Barclay Foster; Ann Boyd Foster; Isaac Foster; Alexander Foster; Sallie Foster and 3 others

Occupation: Businessman; merchant, politician
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About Hon. William Barclay Foster, Sr

William Barclay Foster (1779 - 1855) was the father of Stephen Foster and a notable businessman in his time. He has been referred to one of the most prosperous merchants of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a Pennsylvania state legislator and served three terms. He was also elected mayor of Allegheny City (now part of the city of Pittsburgh) twice in his lifetime. He has been identified as a "patriot", a "lover of home" and an "outstanding servant to his community, state and government". He married Eliza Clayland Tomlinson on November 14, 1807, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

His father, James Alexander Foster, was born into an Ulster Scotch family from County Donegal in 1738 in Berkeley County, Virginia. At the end of the Revolutionary War, he and his family moved to Western Pennsylvania along with other Irish, chiefly Ulster Scotch, families. James Foster was one of the founders and original trustees of Canonsburg Academy, a school founded in 1791. William attended the academy until he was sixteen and then moved to Pittsburgh shortly after the city's incorporation along the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers. William Foster found work with the company of Denny and Bellen, "Dry Goods, Hardware, etc." He represented the company promoted to a partner, and traveled widely.[2][3][4] He provided supplies to the US military for the war of 1812.[5]

Foster strongly maintained that the US government owed him money for serving as a commissionary agent in 1822 and 1850. He lost each case.[6]

He founded the community of Lawrenceville in 1814, naming it for naval hero James Lawrence. It has since been annexed as a neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Primary source material including family letters, business documents, ledgers, maps of property and other of Barclay's writings are housed in the University of Pittsburgh Library System Archives Service Center. These have been digitized and are accessible remotely.[7] Wikipedia


William was the father of Stephen Foster, the early American song writer. He was also in the war of 1812 and was "Deputy Commissary of Purchases" Pittsburgh Pa.

"Mayor of the City of Allegheny, Pa. 1842-1843"

The Fosters were married November 14, 1807 in Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Denny officiating.

William was the father of Stephen Foster, the early American song writer. He was also in the war of 1812 and was "Deputy Commissary of Purchases" Pittsburgh Pa.

"Mayor of the City of Allegheny, Pa. 1842-1843"

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The Fosters were married November 14, 1807 in Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Denny officiating.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Jun 16 2019, 15:19:11 UTC

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Hon. William Barclay Foster, Sr's Timeline

1779
September 7, 1779
Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States
1807
1807
Age 27
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
1809
December 14, 1809
Age 30
Lawrenceville, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States
1812
January 12, 1812
Age 32
Mercersburg, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, United States
1815
March 20, 1815
Age 35
Pennsylvania
1816
March 23, 1816
Age 36
Lawrenceville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
1818
September 14, 1818
Age 39
Lawrenceville, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States
September 14, 1818
Age 39
Lawrenceville, Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States
1821
January 26, 1821
Age 41
Lawrenceville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA