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Nathan Lanesford Foster

Massachusetts & Connecticut

"Nathan Lanesford Foster (1787-1860), poet and itinerant book agent, was the son of Rev. Joel Foster (1755-1812) and Priscilla (Foster) Foster (1756-1803). He was born on 8 December 1787 in East Sudbury, now Wayland, Mass. In 1805 he moved to Brattleboro, Vt., to read law with his brother-in- law, Samuel Elliot (1777-1845). Following the premature death of his sister, Fanny Foster Elliot (1783-1806), he continued his legal studies in Woodstock, Conn. After a brief period of teaching school in Wethersfield, Conn., he moved in 1809 to East Haddam, Conn., where he remained for the next thirty years. In East Haddam he practiced law, farmed, taught school, wrote poetry, was active in town government and in the Episcopal Church, and possibly for a time kept a tavern. His last move was to Philadelphia in 1840; he died there on 9 November 1860." [Source: Archivist's Bio/History, Nathan Lansford Foster Papers, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts]


Nathan Lanesford Foster, The Last of His Family and Other Poems: Occasional and Miscellaneous (Philadelphia: N.L. Foster, 1850) [online text]