John W. Foster facts for kids
John Watson Foster
|32nd United States Secretary of State|
June 29, 1892 – February 23, 1893
|Preceded by||James G. Blaine|
|Succeeded by||Walter Q. Gresham|
March 2, 1836|
Petersburg, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||November 15, 1917
|Profession||Lawyer, General, Politician|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Born in Pike County, Indiana, and raised in Evansville, he was a lawyer. During the American Civil War, he was a general officer for the Union. The Civil war ended in 1865. Between 1865 and 1869, Foster worked as a journalist for the Evansville Daily Journal. After that, he was the U.S. Minister to Mexico (1873-1880), Russia (1880-1881) and Spain (1883-1885). He was U.S. Secretary of State under President Benjamin Harrison from 1892-1893. In 1895, he helped the Qing Dynasty in drafting the Treaty of Shimonoseki of 1895. He worked for the Chinese as a legal consultant and commissioner.
His grandchildren included John Foster Dulles, who also became a U.S. Secretary of State, Allen Welsh Dulles, a Director of Central Intelligence, and Eleanor Lansing Dulles, economist and diplomat. He is also the great-grandfather of the Catholic theologian Cardinal Avery Dulles.
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