Thomas Flournoy Foster

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Thomas Flournoy Foster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1835
Preceded byDistrict established
Succeeded byGeorge Welshman Owens
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byEdward Junius Black
Succeeded byWilliam Henry Stiles
Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
In office
Preceded byJohn Bell
Succeeded bySamuel Beardsley
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Thomas Flournoy Foster

(1790-11-23)November 23, 1790
Greensboro, Georgia
DiedSeptember 14, 1848(1848-09-14) (aged 57)
Columbus, Georgia
Resting placeLinwood Cemetery
Political partyWhig (since 1841)
Jacksonian (1829-1835)
EducationFranklin College of Arts and Sciences (A.B.)
Litchfield Law School

Thomas Flournoy Foster (November 23, 1790 – September 14, 1848) was an American politician and lawyer.

Foster was born in Greensboro, Georgia. He attended Franklin College, the founding college of the University of Georgia in Athens, and graduated in 1812 with a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree. He studied at the Litchfield Law School, gained admittance to the state bar in 1816 and became a practicing attorney in Greensboro.

Foster was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1822 and was reelected through 1825. In 1828, he won election to the 23rd United States Congress as a Jacksonian and served two additional terms before losing his reelection bid in 1834. He moved to Columbus, Georgia, the following year. In 1840, he returned to the U.S. House as a Whig in the 27th Congress. He only served one term in that position. He died in Columbus on September 14, 1848, and was buried in that city's Linwood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Thomas Flournoy Foster (id: F000314)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca. 1949 p.156

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Floyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1835
Succeeded by
George W. Owens
Preceded by
Edward J. Black
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Succeeded by
William H. Stiles