Francis Charles Foster papers, 1844-1915.
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Francis Charles Foster, 1829-1915, was the son of Leonard Foster of Boston. Francis graduated from Harvard in 1850 and then took over the family investments, mainly centered on Foster's Wharf in Boston, which prospered under his hand. In order to preserve him from an "unsuitable female," Francis' father sent him off to Europe on the grand Tour from 1854-1856. On his return, he settled down in Cambridge and married Marion Padelford of Savannah, GA. They had three children: Leonard, 1857-1884; Car...
Francis A. Foster, 1872-1966, was the son of Francis Charles Foster, 1829-1915, and Caroline Padelford Foster, 1833-1923 (see collection Mss 27). Francis grew up in Cambridge and attended Noble and Greenough then the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard in 1891-2. From about 1900 to 1915, he was an active member of Boston patriotic and historical societies. He became interested in his own family genealogy and compiled genealogical information and paid for professionals to research his ancestors...