A. Lawrence Foster was born on September 17, 1802, in Littleton, Massachusetts. He studied law in Vernon, New York, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Morrisville, New York, in 1827.
Foster ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1838. In 1840 he was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1843). During his term Foster was Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury. He did not run for reelection in 1842.
After the Civil War he returned to Fairfax, and was appointed one of three U.S. Tax Commissioners for the northern part of the state after Virginia was readmitted to the Union. In this capacity he was responsible for the sale to the federal government of the Robert E. Lee estate, which is now Arlington National Cemetery.
In the 1890s his heirs petitioned Congress to compensate them nearly $29,000 (over $712,000 in 2009) for Foster's property and supplies that were used by the Union Army or destroyed by the Confederacy. In the early 1900s the United States Court of Claims authorized partial payment to resolve the case.
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- Family Search.org, Chippewa Indian Agency (Minnesota), retrieved November 29, 2013
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- A. Lawrence Foster at Find a Grave
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- A. Lawrence Foster biography at the Political Graveyard
- Foster Genealogy on Google Books
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from New York's 23rd congressional district
with Victory Birdseye