Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Abiel Foster

Abiel Foster

Print from etching by Max Rosenthal (1833-1918)

Courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

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Life dates: 8 August 1735-6 February 1806
Place of Residence (1789): Canterbury, New Hampshire
Occupation (1789): Public Servant
Place of Birth: Amesbury, Massachusetts
Age (March 4, 1789): 53
Religion (1789): Congregationalist
College Education: Harvard
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: Provincial Congress (1775)
Town Officer
State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Unknown (Though he ran as a Federalist in the first federal election)
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in House: 1791
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