Joseph B. Foraker (1846–1917) was the 37th Governor of Ohio from 1886
to 1890 and a Republican United States Senator from 1897 until 1909.
Born in rural Ohio in 1846, Foraker enlisted at age 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. Interesting
himself in politics, he was elected a judge in 1879 and became well
known as a political speaker. Although defeated in his first run for
governor in 1883, he was elected two years later. Foraker lost re-
election in 1889, but was elected senator by the Ohio General Assembly
in 1896. In the Senate, he supported the Spanish-American War and the
annexation of the Philippines and Puerto Rico. He differed with
President Theodore Roosevelt over railroad regulation and political
patronage. They also disagreed over the Brownsville Affair, in which
black soldiers had been accused of terrorizing a Texas town, and
Roosevelt had dismissed the entire battalion. Foraker fought
unsuccessfully for the soldiers' reinstatement, and Roosevelt then
helped defeat Foraker's re-election bid. In 1972, the Army reversed the
dismissals and cleared the soldiers.
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