Biography of Archibald J. Sampson
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ARCHIBALD J. SAMPSON, attorney at law, and one of Arizona's most noted citizens, has been recipient of more honors at the hands of the Federal Government than any other man in the State. In 1887 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Ecuador, which was the first diplomatic appointment in over sixty years to a person living in a Territory. For ten years Mr. Sampson acted in this capacity, and in 1907 resumed his residence in Arizona. Mr. Sampson was born near Cadiz, Ohio, June 21, 1839. He was graduated B. S. from Mt. Union College, Ohio, in 1861, and A. M. in 1865, and in 1890 received the degree LL. B. from the same college. He took a course at the Cleveland Law College, from which he received the degree LL. B. in 1866. Having been admitted to the bar in 1865, he practiced at Sedalia, Mo., until 1873, then he removed to Colorado and practiced in Canon City and Denver for the succeeding sixteen years, when he was appointed Consul at El Paso del Norte, Mexico, and served from 1889 to 1893. He then came to Arizona and located at Phoenix. Here he soon took the place as a citizen, an attorney and a statesman, to which his natural endowments entitled him and no man in Arizona today stands higher in the esteem of his fellowmen. In 1873 Mr. Sampson was nominated for the post of U. S. Consul at Palestine, but declined the honor, and in 1876 he was elected Attorney General of Colorado. He has always been an ardent Republican and a strong factor in the party in general as well as in local matters. He served in the Civil War as private in the Union Army, from which he was advanced to the rank of Captain. He is now a member of the G. A. R. and Past Deputy Commander of the same. He is also a 32nd degree Mason and Knight Templar. Mrs. Sampson was formerly Miss Frances S. Wood, of Joliet, Ill., and since her residence in Phoenix has become socially one of the city's most prominent women.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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