FORSTER, John
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FORSTER, JOHN, son of John Forster, was born September 17, 1777, in Paxtang, Lancaster, now Dauphin county, Pa.; died May 28, 1863, at Harrisburg, Pa.; he received a good education and was at Princeton when a call was made by President Washington for volunteers to march to Western Pennsylvania to put down the so-called "Whiskey Insurrection" of 1794, and was on that expedition as an aid to General Murray. He subsequently read law with General Hanna, but never applied for admission, turning his attention to mercantile pursuits, in which he was very successful. During the military era of the Government prior to the war of 1812 he was colonel of the State militia, and in 1814, when the troops from Pennsylvania marched to the defense of the beleaguered city of Baltimore, he was placed in command of a brigade of volunteers. For his gallant services in that campaign the thanks of the general commanding were tendered in special orders. He served in the State Senate from 1814 to 1818. General Forster was cashier of the Harrisburg Bank for a period of at least sixteen years, established the Bank of Lewistown, and in 1837 was cashier of the Exchange Bank of Pittsburgh. He subsequently became president of the Branch Bank at Hollidaysburg, but in a few years retired from all business pursuits and returned to his home at Harrisburg. General Forster was faithful, honest and upright in all his business connections, and a good financier. He was twice married; first, September 25, 1798, Mary Elder, born 1779; died December 18, 1831, at Harrisburg, Pa.; daughter of John Elder and Elizabeth Awl. General Forster married, secondly, July 9, 1833, Margaret Snodgrass Law, born March 6, 1804; died December 9, 1891; daughter of Benjamin Law, of Mifflin county, Pa., and widow of Rev. James H. Stuart, a Presbyterian minister of the Kishacoquillas Valley. There was issue by both marriages.