Foscue, Frederick Forney (1819–1906)

By: Stephanie P. Niemeyer

Type: Biography

Published: June 13, 2008

Updated: October 2, 2020

Frederick Forney Foscue, lawyer, legislator, and Confederate soldier, was born on September 11, 1819, in Monroe, Alabama, son of Benjamin Frederick and Eliza (Scurlock) Foscue. He attended school at Washington College in Virginia where he studied law. Before moving to Texas in 1854, Foscue practiced law and served as a state representative in Alabama. Upon arriving in Cherokee County, F. F. Foscue took up farming as well as a law practice. His first wife, Mary Jane, did not enjoy living in Texas, so she moved home to Alabama. He married twice more after his divorce.

While living in Cherokee County, F. F. Foscue ran for and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1859. He was supportive of Texas leaving the United States during the secession crisis. At the outbreak of the Civil War Foscue joined the Confederate Army and acted as an Enrolling Officer for the Confederate Congressional District for East Texas. In early August 1861 with about seventy men from Cherokee and Smith counties, Foscue, then a captain, joined other Confederate troops in Missouri. He was later elected a colonel, but the particular details of his service to obtain the rank were lost in a fire in Shreveport, Louisiana. He later represented Liberty County in the Tenth legislature from 1863 to 1866, and he served in the Senate in the Eleventh Texas Legislature.

Foscue moved to Tarrant County some time after the Civil War. He founded the town of Pantego which he named after an American Indian friend. He continued to develop land in the Arlington area and became a well-known banker. Frederick F. Foscue died at home on March 3, 1906, and was buried in Parkdale Cemetery in Arlington.

William DeRyee and R. E. Moore., The Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Family Search, "Frederick Forney Foscue" (, accessed August 29, 2006. Town of Pantego History (, accessed August 29, 2006. Charles E. Spellman, ed., The Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster, 1886–1992 (Austin: Texas House of Representatives, 1992). University of Texas at Tyler with Clarksville Standard (, accessed August 29, 2006.

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Stephanie P. Niemeyer, “Foscue, Frederick Forney,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 18, 2022,

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June 13, 2008
October 2, 2020

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