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Lafayette Lumpkin Foster Lafayette Lumpkin Foster
Full Name: Lafayette Lumpkin Foster
Date of birth: November 27, 1851
Date of death: December 2, 1901

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 62 Jan 13, 1885 - Jan 11, 1887 19th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Groesbeck / Limestone Speaker   Falls, Limestone, McLennan
H 62 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (4)   Democrat Groesbeck / Limestone   Falls, Limestone, McLennan
H 42 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (5) (6)   Democrat Groesbeck / Limestone   Limestone
(1) McLennan County. House Journal.
(2) Home address, Groesbeck; home county, Limestone. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Postoffice, Groesbeck. Rules of Order of the House of Representatives of the Nineteenth Legislature, 1885.
(4) Party affiliation listed as Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(5) "The entire democratic ticket to be elected by majorities ranging from 500 to 800. . . L.L. Foster, editor of the Era, is elected representative," 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(6) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as a democrat, p. 2, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch. American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, 1989.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 4. At the time, Foster was the youngest man ever elected Speaker of the House. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Portrait and biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • 28th Speaker of the House of Representatives: Lafayette Lumpkin Foster. Photo and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 263. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 156-157. Elected by the people of the 52nd district in 1880, 1882, and 1884. Year Book for Texas, 1901, 1902.
  • Other Resources
  • Railroad Commissioners Past through Present, with dates of service. Railroad Commission of Texas.
  • FOSTER, LAFAYETTE LUMPKIN (1851-1901). "Foster moved to Groesbeck in 1873...". Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Photograph. Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, 19th Legislature, Speakers of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Photograph. Lafayette Lumpkin Foster, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 18th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, east wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 19th session composite photo of House members (House chamber vestibule, west wall. 2W.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of House members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office, Examine  
    Educational Affairs  
    Internal Improvements  
    Memorial Services for Hon. W.H. Tucker of Anderson and Hon. A.J. Leo of Hidalgo  
    Public Printing (Chair) 
    Public Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
    Texas Siftings Publication, Select  
    17th R.S. - 1881
    Department of Public Education, Select  
    Educational Affairs  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Printing and Binding Reports of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals  
    Public Printing  

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