FOSTER, Ephraim Hubbard (1794-1854)

FOSTER, EPHRAIM HUBBARD, a Senator from Tennessee; born near Bardstown, Nelson County, Ky., September 17, 1794; moved to Tennessee with his parents, who settled near Nashville, Davidson County, in 1797; completed preparatory studies and graduated from Cumberland College (later the University of Nashville) in 1813; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1820 and commenced practice in Nashville, Tenn.; served in the Creek War and was private secretary to Gen. Andrew Jackson 1813-1815; member, State house of representatives 1829-1831, 1835-1837, and served as speaker during that time; appointed as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Felix Grundy, and served from September 17, 1838, to March 3, 1839; was reelected for the term beginning March 4, 1839, but resigned, not wishing to obey instructions given him by the State legislature; chairman, Committee on Claims (Twenty-eighth Congress); elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his successor, Felix Grundy, and served from October 17, 1843, to March 3, 1845; unsuccessful Whig candidate for Governor in 1845; resumed the practice of law; died in Nashville, Tenn., September 6, 1854; interment in the City Cemetery.

Knox County Public Library
McClung Historical Collection
Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1 item.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 5 letters to William Graham regarding politics, Andrew Jackson, and War of 1812 in the Gilder Lehrman collection.

Tennessee Historical Society
Nashville, TN
Papers: Miscellaneous items in the John Coffee papers; and the Dyas collection.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: 1809-1908. Ca. 225 items. Concern the law firm of Foster and Woods. Also items and references in Foster family papers, 1799-1918.

  • McKellar, Kenneth. "Ephraim Hubbard Foster," in Tennessee Senators as seen by one of their Successors. Kingsport, Tenn.: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1942, 200-211.
  • Moore, Powell. "James K. Polk and the `Immortal Thirteen.' '' East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 11 (1939): 20-33.