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date: 02 July 2020

Armstrong, Samuel Chapmanlocked

(30 January 1839–11 May 1893)
  • J. M. Heffron

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Armstrong, Samuel Chapman (30 January 1839–11 May 1893), educator, was born in East Wailuku on the island of Maui, Hawaii, the son of Richard Armstrong and Clarissa Chapman, Protestant missionaries in the Hawaiian Islands. As a boy Armstrong attended Punahou, a combined high school and experimental two-year college (Oahu College) established for the sons of the Hawaiian missionaries. In 1857, when he was eighteen, he helped found the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society, otherwise known as the “Cousins’ Society,” becoming its first president and in later years its most faithful foreign correspondent. When he was a sophomore at Oahu College in 1859–1860, Armstrong served as chief clerk in the Office of Public Instruction of the Royal Hawaiian Government; his father had been minister of public instruction since 1847....

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