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Lafayette S. Foster

Lafayette Sabine Foster
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 4, 1867
Preceded by Francis Gillette
Succeeded by Orris S. Ferry
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
March 7, 1865 – March 2, 1867
Preceded by Daniel Clark
Succeeded by Benjamin Wade
Mayor of Norwich
In office
1851–1852
Preceded by William Alfred Buckingham
Succeeded by William Alfred Buckingham
Personal details
Born (1806-11-22)November 22, 1806
Franklin, Connecticut, US
Died September 19, 1880(1880-09-19) (aged 73)
Norwich, Connecticut, US
Political party Whig, Republican
Spouse(s) Joanna Boylston Lanman Foster
Alma mater Brown University
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Teacher, Editor

Lafayette Sabine Foster (November 22, 1806 – September 19, 1880) was a nineteenth-century American politician and lawyer from Connecticut. He served in the United States Senate from 1855 to 1867 and was a judge in the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1870 to 1876.

Born in Franklin, Connecticut, Foster attended common schools as a child and graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1828. He taught school in Providence for some time and studied law back in Norwich, Connecticut. He took charge of an academy in Centerville, Maryland, where he was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1830, then returned to Norwich and was admitted to the federal bar in 1831.

Foster was editor of the Republican, a Whig newspaper out of Connecticut, and served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1839 to 1840, 1846 to 1848 and 1854, serving as Speaker of the House for three years. He was the Whig nominee for Governor of Connecticut in 1850 and 1851, but lost both elections. He served as mayor of Norwich, Connecticut, from 1851 to 1852 before being elected as an Oppositionist to the United States Senate in 1854, and reelected in 1860 as a Republican, serving from 1855 to 1867. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Pensions from 1861 to 1867. His wife, Joanna Boylston Lanman, died on April 11, 1859.

Foster was elected George Atzerodt, never acted. If Atzerodt had assassinated Johnson, Foster would

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