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Murphy James Foster
31st and 32nd
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by Francis T. Nicholls
Governor by Election - twice
Served from May 10, 1892
Served to May 21, 1900
Left Office by Second Term Ended
Succeeded by William W. Heard
January 12, 1849
Dixie Plantation
June 12, 1921
Dixie Plantation
Cause Ill Health for a Long Time
Age 72
Party Democratic
Education Washington & Lee
Education Cumberland University
Education Tulane University
Profession Lawyer
Spouse Florence Daisy Hine
Children 0
Spouse Rose Ker
Children 10
Plantation Dixie
Religion Methodist
Burial Franklin Cemetery

1892 - 1896
1896 - 1900

Murphy James Foster, the 31st and 32nd Governor of Louisiana, died in 1921. He is buried in Franklin Cemetery in Franklin, Louisiana.  He was an attorney, three term State Senator, two term Governor, two term U.S. Senator and Collector for the Port of New Orleans during his career.

He passed the bar after receiving a law degree from Louisiana University (Tulane University) in 1871 and began a law practice in Franklin.  He was a state senator before becoming governor from 1892-1900 and then a U.S. Senator from 1901-1913.  He became Customs House Inspector in New Orleans after serving as a U.S. Senator for twelve years.

Governor Foster and former Governor Nicholls, worked together to finally abolish the infamous Louisiana Lottery Co., which was driven from the state during his administration.

Murphy Foster's wife, Florence Daisy Hine, died on January 26, 1877, before she was 19 years old.  They were married only 3 months before her death.  She is buried in Franklin Cemetery with the Hine family. 

In 1881, Murphy Foster married Rose Ruth Ker.  They had ten children, including Murphy James Foster, Jr.,  the father of Mike Foster.

Governor Mike Foster was also a two term governor, serving from 1996-2004.


Under a large oak tree is the Murphy J. Foster, Sr. family site. 

The governor's grave is nearest the tree, and adjacent, is his wife Rose Ker Foster.


Murphy J. Foster
Born January 12th, 1849
Died June 12th, 1921

His Present is God's
His Past is Our Own


Rose Ker Foster
Wife of
Murphy J. Foster
Born November 17th, 1861
Died February 14th, 1959

A Perfect Woman, Nobly Planned
To Warn, To Comfort And

More Family - Hine, Foster and Murphy





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