Thomas Flournoy Foster
November 23, 1790
September 14, 1848
Greensboro , GA
Elizabeth Gardner Foster (unknown)
Thomas Flourney Foster was born in Greensboro, GA, the son of Colonel George Wells Foster. He received his elementary education at the male academy in Greensboro under the tutelage of Parson Ray and then William W. Strain. After being admitted to the bar in state of Georgia he opened an office in Greensboro. He was elected to first the Georgia House of Representatives and then the U.S. Congress. While in Congress, he made important speeches on states rights. He retired from Congress in 1835 and resumed his law practice in Columbus, GA. However, Foster was drawn back into politics and at the Whig Convention in Uscaloosa, AL in 1840, he made a fervent speech against Martin Van Buren. He married late in life and his wife is said to have tempered his excessive drinking. He died in Columbus, GA.
Years at LLS:
Graduated from the University of Georgia in 1812 and later attended Franklin College where he graduated from in 1812.
Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Georgia in 1816
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read law for a short time with Matthew Wells in Greensboro, GA.
U.S. Representative (GA) 1829-1835, 1841-1843
Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary from 1833-1834.
State Representative (GA) 1822-1825
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Related Objects and Documents
Other:The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, "Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817..", Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers; Catalogue of the Litchfie
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