Foxwell was born 17 June 1849 at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, the son of a prosperous ironmonger and timber merchant, and died at Cambridge on 3 August 1936. He was educated at the Wesleyan Collegiate Institute in Taunton, and then London University (BA 1967); from there he went to St John's College Cambridge, where he took first-class honours in the moral sciences tripos in 1870. He remained at Cambridge for the rest of his life. He was elected a fellow of St John's in 1874, and appointed lecturer in economics in 1875. During Alfred marshall’s absence from Cambridge from (1877–85, he was the main honours teacher in economics at the university. Concurrently, he taught at University College, London, where he was professor of political economy from 1881, though this was less than a full-time position and the focus of his teaching activity continued to be Cambridge.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.