FOSTER, Charles, a Representative from Ohio; born near Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio,
April 12, 1828; moved with his father to Rome, now the city of Fostoria, Seneca
County, Ohio; attended the common schools until he was twelve years old;
engaged in the dry goods business and later banking; elected as a Republican to
the Forty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1871-March 3,
1879); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1878 to the Forty-sixth
Congress; Governor of Ohio 1880-1884; unsuccessful candidate for election in
1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of
President Harrison from February 25, 1891, to March 3, 1893; resumed his former
business pursuits; died in Springfield, Ohio, January 9, 1904; interment in
Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio.
BibliographyMurray, Melvin L. Charles Foster, Ohios Master
Politician: Congress, Contracts, and Calico. [Fostoria, Ohio]: M.L.