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Charles William Foster, Jr. letter

 Collection — Folder: S0484
Identifier: S0484

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from Charles Foster in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 1891 regarding banking business.


  • 1891/10/10


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Charles William Foster, Jr. was born April 12, 1828, in Tiffin, Ohio to Charles William and Laura Crocker Foster. He worked in his father's dry goods business and recruited volunteers to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War. He married Ann Maria Olmstead in Sandusky County, Ohio on November 8, 1853, with whom he had two children.

He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in Ohio from 1871-1879, during which time he participated in Treasury Department Reforms. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention of 1880. As governor of Ohio from 1880-1884, he supported the temperance movement favoring higher liquor taxes. He was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Benjamin Harrison on February 25, 1891 to fill a vacancy, serving until 1893. The gold reserves dwindled during his tenure, and the Panic of 1893 developed after he left office. He then returned to Ohio, engaging in several business interests.

He died on January 9, 1904 and is buried in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio. Fostoria was named for his family.

Sources" "Foster, Charles." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 5, 2015. "Foster, Charles." Ohio, Marriages, 2803-1900. Accessed January 5, 2015.

U.S. Department of the Treasury. "Foster, Charles." U.S. Department of the Treasury. Accessed January 5, 2015. "Foster, Charles William." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed January 5, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Edward R. Kilgour on 1930/04/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/01/05 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/01/05 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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