Herbert Foster papers, 1908-1954 Rauner Manuscript MS-936

Biography

Herbert Darling Foster was born on June 22, 1863, in West Newbury, MA. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1885. Upon graduation, Foster went on to teach English, German, and Greek at Worcester Academy, and in 1888, he was awarded an A.M. degree from Dartmouth. He served as the Umgan Fellow in history at Harvard University from 1891 to 1893, where he received a second A.M. degree in 1892. In 1893, he was elected Professor of History at Dartmouth. He would begin teaching the following year and would remain at Dartmouth until his death. At Dartmouth, Foster served as the president of the New England History Teacher’s Association, a member of the Historical Manuscripts Commission of the American Historical Association, and was actively connected with the New Hampshire Peace Society. He also served as secretary for his class from 1905 to 1915. During his professorship, he studied at Cambridge, England, Berlin, and Leipzig, and was awarded the honorary degree LittD, from the University of Switzerland in 1909. During World War I, he was engaged in Y.M.C.A. work in Europe and following the Armistice, took the position of director of instruction in history with the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.). Foster was the author of numerous works in history, including several papers on Calvinism and a book on the life of John Calvin entitled “Calvin’s Programme for a Puritan state in Geneva.” Foster was gathering data for a work on John Calvin in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, when he died on December 26, 1927.

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