October 19, 1829, Corning, New York.

August 12, 1905, Presbyterian Hospital, New York City.

Robert was the son of John Sam­ple and Jane Wil­son.

After his mother’s death in 1834, Ro­bert was sent to school in Ge­ne­va, New York. He later studied at an academy at Mil­ton, Penn­syl­van­ia, then at Jef­fer­son College, Can­ons­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia, finally studying theology in Al­le­ghe­ny City.

He served pastorates at the First Pres­by­ter­ian Church, Mer­cer, Penn­sy­lvan­ia; Bed­ford, Penn­syl­van­ia; Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta; and at West­min­ster Church, New York City. In 1876, Woos­ter University of Ohio awarded Sample an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

He served as a trustee of Mac­al­is­ter College, Saint Paul, Min­ne­so­ta; director of Mc­Cor­mick Sem­in­ary, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; on the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Publication and the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Church Erection; and was a trustee of Lin­coln University. His works include:

  1. Children in Heaven
  2. Gospel Call, The
  3. Happy World Above
  4. Home Voyage, The
  5. I Hear a Voice, ’Tis Soft and Sweet
  6. I’ll Go to Jesus
  7. In Regions to the Westward
  8. Jesus, Our Gracious Lord