William Thomas Sampson (1840-1902)

William Thomas Sampson (1840-1902)
Title
William Thomas Sampson (1840-1902)
Date 
ca. 1902
Medium 
Painted plaster cast
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. ( 29.2 x 18.7 x 15.6 cm )
Description 
Death mask.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Naval History Society
Object Number 
1925.83
Marks 
label: "Plaster cast of the DEATH MASK of WILLIAM THOMAS SAMPSON (1840-1902) Rear Admiral, U. S. N. Presented to The Naval History Society, 1920-1921 by his daughter, Mrs. Roy Campbell Smith (Margaret Aldrich Sampson)"
Gallery Label 
The subject was born at Palmyra, New York, the son of James and Hannah (Walker) Sampson. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at the head of his class in 1861 and saw action during the Civil War. Later, in the Spanish-American War, he distinguished himself as commander of the North Atlantic squadron which achieved victory over the Spanish fleet under command of Admiral Cervera. He became a permanent rear admiral in 1899, and from 1899 until his death was commandant of the Boston Navy Yard.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group