Biography of Luther C. Foster
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Foster, Luther C., was born in Granville, Bradford county, Pa., the son of the Rev. Peregrine P. Foster, a Baptist minister and farmer. Our subject was educated at Farmington Seminary, Farmington, O. For two winters he taught district schools and then went to Tennessee, where he taught a private school four and a half years, from 1848 to 1853, when he returned to New York State, locating in Elmira. In 1855 he was appointed principal of school No. 1, which position he held for twenty years. When he entered upon his principalship there were only thirty-three pupils in attendance; when he left, the attendance was 1,100, including two branch schools under his supervision. In 1875 he was employed to take the position of superintendent of instruction of the public schools of Ithaca, which position he has since held. He at once reorganized the school system, and the Ithaca Academy became the Ithaca High School. In 1886-87 he served a term as president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Mr. Foster is a member of the Masonic fraternity with Fidelity Lodge No. 51 F. & A. M. He married, in 1854, Charlotte Lindsay, of Elmira, and they have six children.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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