Samuel C. Sample

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Samuel C. Sample
Reproduction of portrait by Curran Swaim, circa 1855
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 9th district
In office
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byCharles W. Cathcart
Personal details
Samuel Caldwell Sample

(1796-08-15)August 15, 1796
Elkton, Maryland, U.S.
DiedDecember 2, 1855(1855-12-02) (aged 59)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeSouth Bend City Cemetery
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyWhig
SpouseAnn Howard
  • Lawyer
  • politician
  • judge
  • carpenter

Samuel Caldwell Sample (August 15, 1796 – December 2, 1855) was an American lawyer and politician who served a single term as a United States Representative from Indiana from 1843 to 1845.

Early life

Sample Caldwell Sample was born in Elkton, Maryland, to John Sample.[1][2] His father was a captain serving under Thomas Veazey in the War of 1812.[2] Sample attended a rural school. He learned to become a carpenter and assisted his father in his contracting business. Around 1823 he moved with his father to Connersville, Indiana. He studied law there and was admitted to the bar in 1833.[1]


After being admitted to the bar, he began practicing law in South Bend, Indiana. In 1834 he was elected prosecuting attorney and subsequently elected judge of the ninth judicial circuit in 1836. He served as judge until he resigned in 1843. He also served as the first president of the First National Bank of South Bend.[1]

Political career

He was elected to the 28th United States Congress as a Whig where he served from 1843 to 1845, the first representative from Indiana's 9th congressional district. He was defeated for reelection in 1844 by Charles W. Cathcart.[1]

Later career

After his defeat from Congress, he returned to South Bend, where he resumed practicing law until his death.[1]

Personal life

Sample married Ann Howard of Elkton.[2]

Sample died on December 2, 1855, at his home in South Bend. He was buried at City Cemetery in South Bend.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sample, Samuel Caldwell". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  2. ^ a b c d "Death of the Hon. Samuel C. Sample". Cecil Whig. 1855-12-15. p. 2. Retrieved 2022-11-20 – via access icon

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
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U.S. Congressman, Indiana 9th District
Succeeded by