Thomas Flournoy Foster

Thomas Flournoy Foster ( born November 23, 1790 in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia, † September 14, 1848 in Columbus, Georgia ) was an American politician. From 1829 to 1843 he represented two times the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Foster attended after elementary school until 1812, the Franklin College. After a subsequent study of law at the Litchfield Law School, and in 1816 made ​​his admission to the bar he began in Greensboro to work in his new profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1822 and 1825 Foster sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Georgia. At that time he was a follower of the future President Andrew Jackson, whose Democratic Party was established in 1828 he joined.

In the state- wide held congressional elections of 1828, he was the second deputy's mandate of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Floyd on March 4, 1829. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1835 three legislative periods. These were overshadowed by discussions on the policy of the incumbent also since March 4, 1829 President Jackson. It was about the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President. From 1833 to 1835 Foster was chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee.

In the elections of 1834 Foster was not confirmed. Already in 1833 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Georgia. 1835 Thomas Foster moved to Columbus, where he worked as a lawyer. During this time he joined the Whig party. After that, he was a delegate to a nominating convention of his party in Tuscaloosa, where he supported William Henry Harrison's campaign for the presidential nomination.

In the congressional elections of 1840 Foster was elected as a candidate of his new party in the second electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. There he took over from the March 4, 1841 Edward Junius Black. Until 1843, he was thus able to spend another term in Congress. This was determined by the discussions about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas. In addition, there was both inside and outside of Congress strong tensions between the Whig Party and the new President John Tyler, who was actually a member of the Whigs, but more and more approached the Democrats.

After his final retirement from Congress, Thomas Foster withdrew from politics. He died on September 14, 1848 in Columbus, and was also buried there.