Brigadier General Jonathan (John) Forster (Federalist no district) Dauphin County, 1814-1815 (Federalist6) Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, 1815-1818
Brigadier General Jonathan (John) Forster, born September 17, 1777, Paxtang Township, Lancaster County (now Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County), Pennsylvania; son of John Forster and Catharine Dickey, subscription education; attended Princeton; left school participated, Whiskey Rebellion, 1794; read law; captain, Pennsylvania State Militia; colonel, War of 1812, brigadier general, defense Baltimore, 1814; elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1814-1818; engaged, banking; married, Catharine Dickey Forster, 1838, children, Dorcas Forster Bell, Margaret Forster Steuart, Captain Harry Forster; remarried, Margaret Snodgrass; died, May 28, 1863 (aged 85) interment, Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Read law with John Andre Hanna but never applied for admission to the local bar. appointed captain, Pennsylvania State Militia; colonel, War of 1812, brigadier general, defense Baltimore, 1814; cashier, Harrisburg Bank, sixteen years; established, Bank of Lewistown; cashier, Exchange Bank of Pittsburgh; president, Exchange Bank of Pittsburgh at Hollidaysburg.
Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, Dauphin County 1814-1815.
Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 6th district, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, 1815-1818.
Forster Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is named in his honor.
Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania) Saturday, June 06, 1863, page 2.