CS Con ★★★ Foster, Thomas Jefferson - C.S. Congressman, AL

Thomas Jefferson Foster


Born: July 11, 1809

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee

Father: Robert Coleman Foster 1769 – 1844
(Buried: Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​

Mother: Ann Slaughter Hubbard 1770 – 1850
(Buried: Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee)​

1st​ Wife: Virginia Prudence Watkins 1816 – 1837
(Buried: Foster Grave, Brickhouse Ford, Alabama)​

2nd​ Wife: Jane Gordon Hood 1822 – 1851

(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​


James Hood Foster 1843 – 1884​
(Buried: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama)​

Political Party: Whig Party and Democratic Party


1827: Graduated from University of Nashville​

Occupation before War:

Successful Planter and Manufacturer in Alabama​
Opposed Secession firmly after Lincoln’s election urged a Conference of southern states to seek redress within the Union​

Civil War Career:

1861: Choose by the Governor to raise the 27th​ Alabama Infantry​
May have entered service as a Colonel but later showed as Major​
1861 – 1863: Major of 27th​ Alabama Infantry Regiment​
1861: Elected to Congress while on active duty at Fort Donelson​
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from Alabama​
1862: Introduced a comprehensive bill to promote industry and mining​
Worked to exempt from military service men in industry and agriculture.​
1862 – 1864: Member of House Accounts Committee​
1862 – 1865: Member of House Territories and Public Lands Cte.​
1863: Dropped from the 27th​ Alabama Infantry on February 5th​
1864 – 1865: Member of House Indian Affairs Committee​
1864 – 1865: Member of House Post Offices and Post Roads Cte.​
His solution to inflation was a bill making treasury notes legal tender​
Supporter of military measures to help his district redeem union control.​
Said he would “burn the constitution” to save the Confederacy.​
1865: Voted to arm and then free slaves even though he owned 200.​

Occupation after War:

1865: Elected to U.S. Congress but denied his seat in congress.​

Died: February 24, 1887

Place of Death: Kentucky

Age at time of Death: 77 years old

Burial Place: Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama
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