Foster, Lafayette S.

Born in Franklin, Connecticut, Lafayette Sabine Foster was educated at Brown University.  He studied law and was admitted to the bar at Centerville, Maryland.  He completed his legal studies in Norwich, Connecticut, where, after passing the bar, opened a practice by 1834.  Foster was a member of Connecticut's legislature but resigned his position to serve as a U.S. senator from Connecticut in 1854.  He held that position until 1866.  According to one biographical notice, Foster was known as an astute and experienced lawyer who opposed the expansion of slavery.  Upon the death of Abraham Lincoln, he became Acting Vice President of the United States.  After his federal service, Foster later served as mayor of Norwich and a justice of the peace.  Hurd, History of New London County, 45. Wikipedia.  Portrait of Foster by Matthew Brady, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.