Biography of Langdon C. Foster
Oswego County, NY Biographies





Langdon C. Foster. - Prominent as city chamberlain of Fulton, Mr. Foster has taken a leading part in business affairs in Oswego County for many years. He was born in this city, April 27, 1864, the son of John D. and Chloe A. (Clark) Foster.

John D. Foster was born in Canada, and in 1862 came to New York and located in Fulton. He married Miss Chloe A. Clark at Lowville, N. Y. Mr. Foster became an influential figure in the business life of Fulton and was founder of the Foster Brothers Manufacturing Company, nationally known manufacturers of cutlery and butcher knives of all types. Mr. Foster died in 1910, and is buried in Fulton. To Mr. and Mrs. Foster were born the following children: 1. C. Franklin, deceased, was associated in business with his father for many years. 2. James A., was first mayor of Fulton in 1902, and held that office for five years. He is also deceased. 3. John M., who was Fulton's third mayor, and elected to that office again in 1931, associated with the Foster Brothers & Chatillon, Inc., cutlery manufacturers, of Fulton. 4. Langdon C., the subject of this sketch. 5. Anna T., married David McClure, retired school teacher, lives at Fulton. 6. Cora A., the widow of E. M. Worden, lives at Fulton.

Langdon C. Foster grew up in Fulton and attended the public schools. He entered the employ of his father and after a year became identified with the First National Bank, now the Oswego County Trust Company. Mr. Foster was identified with that institution for a period of 30 years, and was cashier for 20 years of that time. He resigned as secretary and treasurer. Mr. Foster has had numerous business interests in Oswego County but has been retired since 1920. In that year he accepted the appointment of city chamberlain. He also was president of the Fulton School Board from 1902 until 1922.

On Jan. 21, 1902, Mr. Foster married Miss Abby Stephens, of Fulton, the daughter of William C. and Sylvia (Buell) Stephens. Mr. Stephens, deceased, was a prominent lawyer of Fulton for many years and served as police justice. He died at the age of 80 years. To Mr. and Mrs. Foster were born three sons: 1. Alan S., who is widely known throughout the United States as an illustrator. He is a contributor to such publications as Colliers, Elk's Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. He married Miss Stella F. Nary, of New York City, the daughter of John W. Nary, formerly of Fulton. Mr. and Mrs. Foster have two children: John Langdon and Edith Nary. 2. Theodore D., who is a World War veteran. He is sales manager for the General Electric Company at Bridgeport, Conn. He married Miss Leah Griffith, of New York City. 3. William S., a graduate of Fulton High School, attended Union College for two years, now a student at Buffalo University.

Mr. Foster is a Democrat, and is affiliated with Hiram Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 144. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Fulton, of which he has served as secretary treasurer for 15 years.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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