HENRY CLARK AND JOSEPH FOSTER - TEACHERS, 1850
After Josiah Poage left, the Academy began to decline, the school becoming "little more than a primary school." Henry Clark and Joseph Foster are included as Principals on some lists, but not on others. In any case, their tenure must have been of very short duration, because Josiah B. Poage left in July 1850 and William B. McFarland took over as the new Principal in September 1850. They may have simply been local towns people or Academy teachers who stepped in until a new principal arrived. Virgil Lewis in his history listed them as: "Henry Clark (1st) / Joseph Foster (2d)," suggesting that they served one after another for only a brief period. Little biographical information on these men could be located.
There is even less information about Joseph Foster. He may have also been the man by that name who was a charter member of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, organized in Cabell County in 1867
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