Charles Foster (Ohio politician)

Charles William Foster, Jr.
40th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
February 25, 1891  March 6, 1893
President Benjamin Harrison
Preceded by William Windom
Succeeded by John G. Carlisle
35th Governor of Ohio
In office
January 12, 1880  January 14, 1884
Lieutenant Andrew Hickenlooper
Preceded by Richard M. Bishop
Succeeded by George Hoadly
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1873  March 3, 1879
Preceded by Erasmus D. Peck
Succeeded by Thomas Ewing Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1871  March 3, 1873
Preceded by Edward F. Dickinson
Succeeded by James Robinson
Personal details
Born Charles William Foster Jr.
(1828-04-12)April 12, 1828
Tiffin, Ohio, U.S.
Died January 9, 1904(1904-01-09) (aged 75)
Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Olmstead
Children 2

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.


Foster was born outside of Tiffin, Ohio, and grew up in the western Seneca County boomtown of Rome. This town would merge in 1854 with the nearby town of Risdon to form one city, named Fostoria in honor of Charles W. Foster, Sr., his father. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1870, serving from 1871 to 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 and 1884. Foster was unsuccessful in a bid to return to the House in 1890, but was appointed by Benjamin Harrison a year later to become Secretary of the Treasury upon the death of William Windom. Foster served out the remainder of Harrison's term before retiring. From 1891 to 1893, future Postmaster General Robert Wynne served as his personal secretary. Charles Foster was married November 7, 1853 to Ann M. Olmstead of Fremont, Ohio. They had two daughters, Jessie and Anna.[1]


In January 1904, 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 died at Keifer's home the next day, January 9, 1904.[2]



 "Foster, Charles". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900. 

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