Rev. John Foster
A Dartmouth College graduate, Rev. John Foster was born in Warren, Mass. on April 19, 1763. After his graduation in 1783 he married Hannah Webster of Boston, author of one of the first American novels.
He did become one of Harvard’s Overseers (where he received his D.D. in 1815), and when in 1783 a church was organized in the area now known as Brighton (first called the Third Church of Christ in Cambridge), Rev. Foster became their first pastor, installed Nov. 1, 1784. In 1809 he is recorded as delivering the election sermon for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and preached for a number of public occasions.
He enjoyed a ministry in Brighton of 43 years, and published twenty-two of his sermons. He died in Brighton on Sept. 25, 1829.