Israel Moore Foster

Israel Moore Foster ( born January 12, 1873 in Athens, Ohio, † June 10 1950 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1919 and 1925 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Israel Foster attended the public schools of his home and then studied until 1895 at Ohio University in Athens. After a subsequent law degree from Harvard University and Ohio State Law School in 1898 and his was admitted as a lawyer in Athens, he began to work in this profession. Between 1902 and 1910 he was a prosecutor in Athens County. For 24 years he was a member and secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio University. Politically, he joined the Republican Party. In 1912 he was employed as secretary to the State Board in Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1918, Foster was selected in the tenth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Robert M. Switzer on March 4, 1919. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1925 three legislative periods. In the years 1919 and 1920, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It was about the ban on the trade in alcoholic beverages or to the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage. In 1924, Foster introduced a own design, which provided a further constitutional amendment to protect against child labor. This proposal was ratified in 1937 by 27 states. That was enough so far not come here to put him in power. But the case is still open. If someday ratify Foster's proposal, ten more countries, he becomes an official Amendment.

In 1924, Foster was not nominated by his party for re-election. Between 1925 and 1942 he was court commissioner of the Court of Claims. Then he withdrew into retirement. He died on June 10, 1950 in Washington, where he was also buried.