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Foster, John Watson 1836-

Diplomatist; born in Pike county, Ind., March 2, 1836; graduated at the Indiana State University in 1855; studied at Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the bar in Evansville, Ind. During the Civil War he served in the Union army, reaching the rank of colonel of volunteers. After the war he was in turn editor of the Evansville Daily journal and postmaster of that city in 1869-73. He was minister to Mexico in 1873-80, and to Russia in 1880-81.

John Watson Foster.

On his return to the United States he engaged in the practice of international law in Washington, representing foreign legations before arbitration boards, commissions, etc. In 1883-85 he was minister to Spain; and in 1891 was a special commissioner to negotiate reciprocity treaties with Spain, Germany, Brazil, and the West Indies. He was appointed United States Secretary of State in 1892 and served till 1893, when he became the agent for the United States before the Bering Sea arbitration tribunal at Paris. In 1895, on the invitation of the Emperor of China, he participated in the peace negotiations with Japan; in 1897 he was a special United States commissioner to Great Britain and Russia, and in 1898 was a member of the Anglo-American commission (q. v.). He is the author of A century of American diplomacy, a brief review of the foreign relations of the United States from 1776 to 1876. See Bering sea arbitration.

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