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John Gilman Foster Papers

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Foster, John Gilman, 1859-1931
Title
John Gilman Foster Papers
ID
mss.307
Dates [inclusive]
1900-1928
Quantity
10 boxes
Shelf location
Library Research Annex.
Language
English
Abstract
Family and other correspondence relating to Canadian-American trade negotiations of 1909-1911, Canadian-American relations, and to Elizabeth E. Baxter and her estate.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] John Gilman Foster Papers, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 2002 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Acquisition Information

The John Gilman Foster Papers were donated by Austin T. Foster at Derby Line, Vermont, 1966.

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Biographical Note

John Gilman Foster, son of Austin T. and Sarah (Gilman) Foster, was born in Derby Line, Vermont on March 9, 1859. He received the A.B. degree from Tufts in 1880 and was admitted to the Vermont Bar a year later. On June 9, 1886, foster married Clara Merriman and fathered three children: Katherine R. (Aikens), Austin T. and Stephen M. Foster. Foster was engaged in the management of trust estates and banking and became vice president of the National Bank of Derby Line and president of the Massawippi Valley Railway Company. In 1892 he was elected to the Vermont House of Representative and from then until 1894 he was a Colonel on the staff of Governor Levi K. Fuller. In 1897 Foster was appointed U.S. Consul at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and six years later he became the U.S. Consul General at Ottawa. After his retirement in 1927, he was appointed a member of the International Commission for the Advancement of Peace. Foster's vacation trip abroad in 1928 may have had something to do with the Commission appointment. John G. Foster died in Fort Myers, Florida on January, 6, 1931.

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Scope and Content Note

The John Gilman Foster Papers include the following material relating to Canadian American relations: correspondence with the Department of State, senators, and other government officials regarding the reciprocity negotiations and the election campaign of 1910-1911, correspondence on the issue of whether the United States should give the Consul General full diplomatic power on a par with a ministerial post, scattered letters from Mackenzie King including some of his early philosophy on industrialism and society, and later advocacy of upgrading the U.S. Consul as well as Canadian representatives in Washington, general reports to the Secretary of State on the state of politics, Parliament, and other developments in the Dominion, and two letters on the state of Canadian munitions holdings during World War I. The greater part of the collection, however, includes correspondence relating to family matters, correspondence, bills and receipts relating to the management of trust estates, especially the Elizabeth E. Baxter Estate, banking, and other business in Vermont, correspondence and reports documenting Foster's activities in the stock market, and a considerable amount of correspondence with a brother, Stephen Foster, relating to Canadian-American affairs and other business concerns of the Chicago firm of Butler, Lamb, Foster and Pope of which Stephen was a partner. Types of material include correspondence, reports, ceremonial speeches and speeches before various ethnic and cultural groups, newspaper clippings and travel memorabilia documenting Foster's trip abroad in 1928. The papers have been arranged by year and alphabetically by correspondent within each year. Speeches and newspaper clippings have been collected at the end because many of them were undated. A list of notable correspondents has been appended to the inventory.

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Additional Information

Notable Correspondents

  • Borden, Robert L.1911 Nov, 1911 Nov 9, 1911 Dec 19, 1924 June 19, 1924 June 28 
  • Burrell, M.1925 March 9 
  • Carr, Wilbur J., Assistant Secretary of State1912 Apr 5, 1915 Sep 24, 1916 Mar 21, 1916 Mar 29, 1916 Apr 5, 1916 June 22, 1917 Mar 16, 1921 Mar 2, 1922 Oct 3, 1922 Oct 18 
  • Clark, J. H.1924 Sep 15, 1924 Sep 19 
  • Colby, Bainbridge, Secretary of State1920 Apr 26 
  • Culbertson, William S., U.S. Tariff Commissioner1917 Sep 10, 1923 Dec 14, 1923 Dec 19 
  • Dent, Louis A.1912 Dec 17 
  • Dillingham, William P., U.S. Senator1910 June 7, 1920 April 30, 1920 May 14 
  • Emery, H.C.1910 Mar 14 
  • Fiske, A.F.C.1926 Oct 16 
  • Foster, Davis J., U.S. Congressman1910 Mar 15, 1910 Mar 26, 1911 Feb 6 
  • Foster John G., Consul General of the United States to Halifax and Nova Scotia, 1897-19271910 Feb 10, 1910 Mar 18, 1911 Jan 13, 1911 Feb 1, 1911 Feb 16, 1911 Feb 21, 1911 Mar 15, 1911 May 13, 1911 Sep 22, 1911 Sep 26, 1911 Oct 14, 1911 Nov 6, 1911 Nov 23, 1911 Dec 4, 1911 Dec 5, 1912 Oct 30, 1915 Apr 9, 1915 Sep 28, 1915 Oct 12, 1916 Apr 15, 1916 July 6, 1916 July 6, 1918 Jan 28, 1919 July 25, 1919 Aug 15, 1919 Aug 23, 1919 Oct 4, 1919 Nov 8, 1919 Dec 15, 1919 Dec 19, 1919 Dec 29, 1920 Jan 3, 1920 Feb 4, 1920 Apr 15, 1920 Apr 15, 1920 Apr 30, 1920 May 14, 1920 May 20, 1920 June 10, 1921 Jan 26, 1921 Nov 10, 1921 Dec 12, 1922 Oct 10, 1922 Oct 16, 1923 Dec 21, 1924 Feb 12, 1924 Aug 26, 1924 Sep 10, 1924 Sep 18, 1924 Nov 12, 1924 ?, 1925 May 27, 1925 Nov 23, 1926 Oct 24, 1926 Oct 29, 1927 Apr 26, 1924 Jul 12 
  • Foster, Stephen A.1924 Feb 21 
  • Franksen R.1909 Mar 16 
  • Greene, Frank, U.S. Senator1924 Nov 14, 1924 Nov 17, 1925 Feb 12, 1925 Feb 29 
  • Grew, Joseph C., U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 1923-1941; Ambassador to Turkey, 1927-1932; Under-secretary of State 1924-19271925 Oct 8 
  • Howard, E.1925 May 21 
  • Hughes, Charles Evans, Secretary of State and Chief Justice1924 June 26, 1924 June 27 
  • Kellogg, Frank B., U.S. Senator, Ambassador to Great Britain, Secretary of State1925 Mar 19 
  • King, William Lyon Mackenzie, Prime Minister of Canada1910 May 26, 1911 Sep 24, 1914 Apr ?, 1915 Apr 13, 1917 Feb 26, 1919 June 24, 1925 Apr 18, 1925 May 25, 1925 July 20, 1925 Oct 10, 1926 Feb 17, 1928 July 18 
  • Lansing, Robert, Secretary of State1917 July 5, 1919 July 29, 1919 Oct 3, 1919 Oct 6, 1919 Dec 15, 1919 Dec 17, 1920 Feb 20 
  • Lodge, Henry Cabot, U.S. Senator1910 Aug 1 
  • Page, Caroll S., U.S. Senator1910 Feb 11, 1910 Feb 23 
  • Patchin, Robert H.1911 Oct 31, 1912 Aug 30 
  • Pepper, Charles M., Bureau of Trade Relations 1859-19301910 Apr 27, 1910 July 18, 1910 Dec 31, 1911 Feb 17, 1911 Feb 19, 1911 Mar 18, 1911 Aug 24, 1911 Sep 29, 1911 Nov 20 
  • Prouty, Charles A.1912 Sep 23 
  • Root, Elihu, Secretary of State1909 Jan 4 
  • Wilson, Woodrow, U.S. President1911 Nov 28 
  • Weikel, Professor C.B.1911 Feb 15 

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