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John Watson Foster


In office
June 29, 1892 – February 23, 1893
Preceded by James G. Blaine
Succeeded by Walter Q. Gresham

Born March 2, 1836(1836-03-02)
Petersburg, Indiana, U.S.
Died November 15, 1917 (aged 81)
U.S.
Political party Republican
Profession Lawyer, General, Politician
Military service
Service/branch Union Army
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Watson Foster (March 2, 1836 – November 15, 1917) was an American military man, journalist and diplomat.

Born in Petersburg, Indiana, and raised in Evansville, Indiana, he was first a lawyer and then served as general for the Union in the American Civil War. Following the war he worked as a journalist, editing the Evansville Daily Journal from 1865 to 1869. Thereafter he was the U.S. Minister to Mexico (1873-1880), to Russia (1880-1881) and to Spain (1883-1885). In the Benjamin Harrison Administration he served as a State Department "trouble shooter" before replacing James G. Blaine who had succumbed to what became a fatal attack of Bright's Disease. He served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Benjamin Harrison in 1892 and 1893. He also helped the Qing Dynasty in drafting the Treaty of Shimonoseki of 1895 as a legal consultant and commissioner.

His grandchildren included John Foster Dulles, who also became a U.S. Secretary of State, Allen Welsh Dulles, a Director of Central Intelligence, Eleanor Lansing Dulles, economist and diplomat. He is also the great-grandfather of the noted Catholic theologian Cardinal Avery Dulles.

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References

  • John W. Foster. Michael Devine, London: The Ohio University Press, 1981.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas H. Nelson
U.S. Minister to Mexico
1873-1880
Succeeded by
Philip H. Morgan
Preceded by
Edwin W. Stoughton
U.S. Minister to Russia
1880-1881
Succeeded by
William H. Hunt
Preceded by
Hannibal Hamlin
U.S. Minister to Spain
1883–1885
Succeeded by
Jabez L. M. Curry
Political offices
Preceded by
James G. Blaine
United States Secretary of State
Served under: Benjamin Harrison

1892 – 1893
Succeeded by
Walter Q. Gresham
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John Watson Foster

In office
June 29, 1892 – February 23, 1893
Preceded by James G. Blaine
Succeeded by Walter Q. Gresham

Born March 2, 1836(1836-03-02)
Petersburg, Indiana, U.S.
Died November 15, 1917 (aged 81)
U.S.
Political party Republican
Profession Lawyer, General, Politician
Military service
Service/branch Union Army
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Watson Foster (March 2, 1836 – November 15, 1917) was an American general, journalist and diplomat.

Born in Pike County, Indiana, and raised in Evansville, he was a lawyer. During the American Civil War, he was a general officer for the Union.[1] The Civil war ended in 1865. Between 1865 and 1869, Foster worked as a journalist for the Evansville Daily Journal.[2] After that, he was the U.S. Minister to Mexico (1873-1880), Russia (1880-1881) and Spain (1883-1885).[2] He was U.S. Secretary of State under President Benjamin Harrison from 1892-1893.[2] In 1895, he helped the Qing Dynasty in drafting the Treaty of Shimonoseki of 1895. He worked for the Chinese as a legal consultant and commissioner.[2]

His grandchildren included John Foster Dulles, who also became a U.S. Secretary of State,[2] Allen Welsh Dulles, a Director of Central Intelligence,[3] and Eleanor Lansing Dulles, economist and diplomat.[4] He is also the great-grandfather of the Catholic theologian Cardinal Avery Dulles.[3]

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Preceded by
Thomas H. Nelson
U.S. Minister to Mexico
1873-1880
Succeeded by
Philip H. Morgan
Preceded by
Edwin W. Stoughton
U.S. Minister to Russia
1880-1881
Succeeded by
William H. Hunt
Preceded by
Hannibal Hamlin
U.S. Minister to Spain
1883–1885
Succeeded by
Jabez L. M. Curry

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