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Stephen Clark Foster

Stephen Clark FosterBorn: 1820
Birthplace: Machias, ME
Died: 28-Jan-1898
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Thrice Mayor of Los Angeles

A Yale graduate and practicing physician in Missouri, Stephen Foster arrived in California in 1847 to interpret for the Mormon Batallion. Foster held the equivalent office of Mayor for more than two years (prior to California becoming a state), having been appointed to the previously Mexican office of "Alcade" by the military Governor of California. His first office after statehood was on the City Council. He was subsequently elected to the office of Mayor in 1854, but during an interregnum after this term, a period lasting twelve days, Los Angeles had no Mayor. He then served a three-and-one-half month term, followed by Dr. Thomas Foster for one term, and then served another partial term in 1856. As Mayor, his term was distinguished by his participation in vigilante committees and once headed a lynch mob. Foster later helped draft California's constitution, and served in the State Senate. A different "Stephen Clark Foster" from Maine served in the 35th-36th U.S. Congress, March 1857 to March 1861.

    University: Yale University (1840)

    Mayor of Los Angeles 1-Jan-1848 to statehood in 1850
    Mayor of Los Angeles 4-May-1854 to 13-Jan-1855
    Mayor of Los Angeles 25-Jan-1855 to 9-May-1855
    Mayor of Los Angeles 7-May-1856 to 22-Sep-1856

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