Foster, Murphy J. (Murphy James), 1849-1921

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Murphy J. Foster was an attorney, Louisiana state senator (1880-1892), Governor of Louisiana (1892-1900), and United States Senator (1900-1912). He studied law at the University of Louisiana, now Tulane University, and passed the state bar exam in 1871. Foster was briefly married to Florence Daisy Hine, then remarried 1881 to Rose Routh Ker, daughter of John Ker and Rose Routh of Ouida Plantation in West Feliciana Parish. They produced ten children, nine of whom reached maturity.

Murphy J. Foster was elected Governor in 1892, and re-elected in 1896. After his tenure as Governor, then a U. S. Senator, he was appointed as a customs collector in New Orleans. Some of Foster's major political concerns included the issue of black suffrage, outlawing the Louisiana Lottery Company, protecting sugar growers, flood control, and the regulation of railway rates. He died at his home on Dixie Plantation in 1921.

Rose Routh Ker's parents both died before she was four years old. She was raised by two cousins, and attended school at the Sacred Heart Convent and a finishing school in Afton Villa. After she and Foster were married, they purchased Dixie Plantation, near Franklin, in 1883.

After Foster's 1892 election as Governor, the family moved to Baton Rouge, and left Dixie Plantation with a caretaker. They returned in 1900. During Foster's residence in Washington D.C., Rose managed Dixie Plantation. Rose Ker Foster remained in the family home until her death in 1959, at the age of 97.

From the description of Murphy J. Foster and family papers, 1880-1955 (bulk 1880-1930). (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 247539890

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referencedIn Blanchard, Newton C. (Newton Crain), 1849-1922. Newton Crain Blanchard scrapbooks, 1892-1906. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Sims, Frank, fl. 1890-1910. Frank Sims letter, 1898 Sept. 25. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Lytle, Andrew David, 1833?-1917. Andrew D. Lytle collection, circa 1862-1904. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Capdevielle, Paul, 1842-1922. Papers, 1900-1904. New Orleans Public Library
referencedIn Mulvey, Daniel Terrance. Autograph book containing a Mark Twain signature, 1906-1907. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Leverich Papers, 1817-1937 (Bulk 1820-1890) @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Caffery, Donelson, 1835-1906. Donelson Caffery and family papers, 1580-1958 (bulk 1861-1909). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. Guy Norman Hunter diploma, 1899 June 28. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Friedrichs, Carl C. Carl C. Friedrichs papers, 1898-1899. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Leverich family. Leverich papers, 1817-1937 (bulk 1820-1890). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Stephens, Edwin Lewis, 1872-1938. Edwin Lewis Stephens papers, 1883-1939 (bulk 1902-1939). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Foster, Murphy James, 1849-1921. Murphy J. Foster and family papers, 1880-1955 (bulk 1880-1930). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Louisiana. Governor (1920-1924 : Parker). Louisiana state executive correspondence, 1869-1924, 1930 (bulk 1920-1924). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
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associatedWith Anti-lottery League of Louisiana. corporateBody
associatedWith Blanchard, Newton C. (Newton Crain), 1849-1922. person
associatedWith Caffery, Donelson, 1835-1906. person
associatedWith Capdevielle, Paul, 1842-1922. person
associatedWith Friedrichs, Carl C. person
associatedWith Leverich family. family
associatedWith Louisiana. Governor (1920-1924 : Parker) corporateBody
associatedWith Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. corporateBody
associatedWith Lytle, Andrew David, 1833?-1917. person
associatedWith Mulvey, Daniel Terrance. person
associatedWith Sims, Frank, fl. 1890-1910. person
associatedWith Stephens, Edwin Lewis, 1872-1938. person
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Ouida Plantation (La.)
Louisiana
Dixie Plantation (La.)
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Railroads--Freight--Rates--Law and legislation
Flood control
Sugar--Manufacture and refining
Income tax--Law and legislation
African Americans--Suffrage
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Legislators--United States
Governors--Louisiana
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Birth 1849-01-12

Death 1921-06-12

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