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History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Sidney A. Foster

SIDNEY A. FOSTER was born May 17, 1849, in Allegany County, New York. His education was obtained in the schools of that section and the printing office. He came to Iowa in 1874 and was employed in writing county histories for the Andreas Historical Atlas, and later was one of the authors of the histories of the counties of Dubuque, Fayette, Howard, Mitchell and Floyd. Later he was engaged in conducting the Mitchell County News and the Worth County Eagle. In 1884 he was elected chief clerk of the House of the Twentieth General Assembly. In 1886 he was one of the organizers of the Royal Union Mutual Insurance Company of which he has since been secretary. He is a notable public speaker and in one of his addresses acquired more than State-wide reputation as the author of the following remark: “Of all that is good, Iowa affords the best.”