FOSTER, Addison Gardner, (1837 - 1917)

Senate Years of Service: 1899-1905
Party: Republican

Library of Congress

FOSTER, Addison Gardner, a Senator from Washington; born in Belchertown, Hampshire County, Mass., January 28, 1837; moved to Oswego, Kendall County, Ill., and attended the common schools; moved to Wabasha County, Minn., and engaged in the grain and real estate business; auditor and surveyor of Wabasha County; moved to St. Paul, Minn., in 1873 and engaged in the lumber business; moved to Tacoma, Wash., in 1888 and continued in the lumber business; also engaged in coal mine operations and railroad construction; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1899, to March 3, 1905; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses), Committee on Geological Survey (Fifty-eighth Congress); resumed the lumber business at Tacoma, Wash.; retired from active business pursuits in 1914 and resided in Tacoma until his death January 16, 1917; interment in Tacoma Cemetery.