Biographical Chronology

1839 born January 30, 1839 in East Wailuka, Maui, Hawaii, the sixth of ten children born to Richard and Clarissa Chapman Armstrong
1840 moves with family to Honolulu where he receives his education at the Royal School and Punahou, later Oahu College
1860 upon the sudden death of his father, travels to the mainland to complete his education at Williams College
1862 graduates from Williams College
1862 enters the Union Army as Captain in the 125th N.Y. Volunteers
1863 given command of the 9th U.S. Colored Troops
1865 musters out as Brevet Brigadier-General of Volunteers
1866 appointed Bureau Agent for the Freedman's Bureau at Fortress Monroe in Hampton, Virginia
1868 founds Hampton Institute (April 1) with fifteen pupils, one teacher and one matron
1869 marries Emma Dean Walker (1849-1878) October 13
1870 first child, Louise Hopkins Armstrong, born July 30
1872 second child, Edith Hull Armstrong, born August 30
1878 first fifteen Indians admitted to Hampton in April (chiefly Kiowa and Cheyenne prisoners released from Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida)
1878 Emma Armstrong dies October 10
1881 travels to Hawaii
1887 receives honorary LL.D. from Williams College
1889 receives honorary LL.D. from Harvard University
1890 marries Mary Alice Ford, a teacher at Hampton Institute
1891 travels to Hawaii and speaks at the 50th anniversary of Punahou School; third child, Margaret Marshall Armstrong, born
1893 Armstrong dies at the age of 54, February 11; fourth child, David William Armstrong, born

Samuel Chapman Armstrong Collection, 1826 - 1947

Samuel Chapman Armstrong