1829-1905

October 19, 1829, Corning, New York.

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

Robert’s parents were John and Jane Wilson Sample. Following his mother’s death in 1834, he 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, director of McCormick Seminary, 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