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Adam Foust (b. 1845)

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Adam Foust (b. 1845)

Posted: 8 May 2002 6:44PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 11 May 2002 6:57PM GMT
Adam Foust, the subject of this sketch, was born in this Township, June 20, 1845. His parents were Jonathan and Anna (Shafer) Foust, whose biography appears above. Here he was reared on his father’s farm, receiving a good education. He completed his studies in the graded school at Bluffton, Ind., and taught several terms of school in this and Wells County. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in Company E, Seventy-Fifth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, under Capt. David H. Wall. He was placed in the Army of the Cumberland, commanded by Gen. George H. Thomas, and took part in the following noted battles: Chickamauga, where he was wounded; Mission Ridge, Buzzard Roost, Dalton, Resacca, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savannah, Goldsboro, Bentonville and Smithfield. He accompanied Sherman on his March to the Sea, and remained with him until the grand review in Washington. During the engagement at Chickamauga he was wounded in the face; and during the fight at Kenesaw Mountain a Minnie ball struck his cartridge-box, but did not penetrate through it. On June 8, 1865, he was mustered out of the service, and on the 17th day of June was discharged at Indianapolis, and returned home. He again commenced farming, which he has followed ever since. On October 20, 1870, he was married to Emily C. King, daughter of Gabriel H. and Susan (Mendenhall) King. Emily was born in Wells County, Ind., November 7, 1851, where she was raised. This union was blessed with five children: Clara A., Charles H., William E., Francis E., who died in infancy, and Gracie Pearl. Mr. and Mrs. Foust are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is also a member of Monroe Laymon Post, No. 211. He owns a residence property in Warren, also a fine farm in Wells County. Politically he is a staunch Republican, and generally takes an active interest in the welfare of his party. In 1884 he was chosen by his party as their candidate for Representative from this county; but owing to a large majority to over-come, he was defeated; however he ran ahead of his ticket thirty-five in this county, and was only defeated by seventy votes. He is one of the rising young men of the county.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Salamonie Township, pages 811 and 812.

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