|Born||Jan. 30, 1769|
|Deceased||Jan. 12, 1830|
Samuel was a medical doctor. He studied medicine with his brother-in-law Dr. Alexander Humphreys (his sister Mary’s husband) in Virginia and with Dr. Benjamin Rush. In 1792, Samuel went to Scotland to attend the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen, and received his medical degree from Aberdeen in 1794.
From 1799-1806, he was a Professor of Anatomy, Surgery, and Chemistry at Transylvania University, in Lexington. In 1802, he introduced the practice of vaccination for smallpox in Kentucky and inoculated 500 people. He returned to Transylvania University in 1819 as Chair of Theory and Practice in the Medical School, a position he held through 1825.
He married Catherine "Kitty" Percy in 1809. They had three children, Susan, James Percy and Catherine Anna. Kitty suffered complications after the birth of their last child and she died (and the child died also) in 1813.