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FOSTER, Abiel, clergyman, born in Andover, Massachusetts, 8 August 1735; died in Canterbury, New Hampshire, 6 February 1806, was graduated at Harvard in 1756, studied theology, and was a pastor of the Congregational Church in Canterbury, New Hampshire, for eighteen years. After 1780 he was frequently in the New Hampshire legislature, was a delegate from that state to the Continental congress in 1783'5, and in 1784 was appointed a judge of the court of common pleas for Rockingham County, of which he became chief justice. He was elected a representative in the 1st congress, and served from August 1789, till March 1791. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention, and was president of the state senate in 1793'4. He was then again elected to congress, and served from 1795 till 1803.
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