Joseph B. Foraker
Joseph Benson Foraker was an American politician of the Republican Party. He served as Governor of Ohio from 1886 to 1890 and as U.S. Senator from Ohio from 1897 until 1909. Mount Foraker, the second highest peak in the Alaska Range, and the third highest Peak in the United States, was named for him in 1899.
About Joseph B. Foraker in brief
Joseph Benson Foraker was an American politician of the Republican Party. He served as Governor of Ohio from 1886 to 1890 and as U.S. Senator from Ohio from 1897 until 1909. Foraker enlisted at the age of 16 in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the war, he was a member of Cornell University’s first graduating class, and became a lawyer. Mount Foraker, the second highest peak in the Alaska Range, and the third highest Peak in the United States, was named for him in 1899. He came to differ with President Theodore Roosevelt over railroad regulation and political patronage. He died in 1917; in 1972, the Army reversed the dismissals and cleared the soldiers who had been dismissed by Roosevelt in the Brownsville Affair, in which black soldiers were accused of terrorizing a Texas town, and Roosevelt dismissed the entire battalion. He was the first in his line to spell his name that way; his father, named John, had spelled it as \”Fouracre\”, or sometimes as \”Foreacer\”. His maternal grandfather, David Reece, was of English descent and had come from Grayson County, Virginia, to become a miller and farmer. His father, Henry, was a farmer and miller, and his mother, Margaret, was an accountant and a homemaker. He had 11 children, of whom nine reached adulthood; he was the son of Henry and Margaret Foraker and one of 11 children. He supported the Republican candidate, former Illinois representative Abraham Lincoln, in the 1860 presidential race, marching in processions of the Wide Awakes and other pro-Lincoln groups, and attending as many rallies as he could.
He received little formal education, attending the local school for three or four months each winter. He also became interested in politics; at age 10, he became an adherent of the newly formed Republican Party and joined the Ohio Republican Party in 1859. In 1879 he was elected a judge in 1879 and became well known as a political speaker. In his first run for the governorship in 1883, but was elected two years later. In 1896, he supported the Spanish–American War and the annexation of the Philippines and Puerto Rico; the Foraker Act gave Puerto Rico its first civil government under American rule. In 1907, Foraker fought for the reinstatement of the soldiers dismissed by President Roosevelt in Brownsville, Texas, and won. He later became a well-known author, author, and author of several books on the Civil War, including “Ohio, the Great War, and “The Battle of the Ohio River” (1915). He died of cancer in 1917, and was survived by his wife and three children. His funeral was held at his home in Hillsboro, Ohio, where he had lived with his uncle, James Reece. He is buried in the town of Hillsboro and his brother, Burch, who was the auditor of Highland County, and worked as a clerk in his office.