Henry Allen Foster served in 1870. Born in Hartford, Conn., May 7, 1800. Schooled in Cazenovia, Onondaga County, N.Y. Oneida County surrogate, 1827-1831, 1833-1834. New York state senator, 1831-1834 and 1841-1844. Representative to Congress (Democrat) 1837-1839. U.S. senator, 1844-1845. After serving as Oneida County surrogate, elected justice of the supreme court, fifth judicial district, 1864-1873. President, Board of Trustees, Hamilton College. Died in Rome, Oneida County, N.Y., May 12, 1889. See 1 McAdam, History of the Bench and Bar of New York, New York History Co. (1897), p. 332; http://bioguide.congress.gov.
This biography appears in The Judges of the New York Court of Appeals: A Biographical History, ed. Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007). It has not been updated since publication.