Sumner, Samuel Storrow was born on February 6, 1842 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Major General Edwin Vose and Hannah W. (Forster) Sumner.
Educated at army posts, private school, Syracuse, New York, and Walnut Hill, Geneva, New York.
Appointed from New York, Second lieutenant 2d (later 5th) Cavalry, June 11, 1861. Promoted through grades to brigadier general vols., May 4, 1898. Major general, September 7, 1898.
Brigadier general regular army, February 4, 1901. Major general, July 26, 1903. Retired, February 6, 1906.
Bvtd. First lieutenant, June 1, 1862, for battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia. Captain, September 17, 1862, for Antietam. Major, March 13, 1865, for campaign against Vicksburg.
Lieutenant colonel, February 27, 1890, for action against Indians at Summit Springs, Colorado, July 11, 1869. Commanded cavalry brigade and division in Cuban campaign, 1898. Military attache American Embassy, London, 1899-1900.
Commanded brigade in China during uprising, 1900. Commanded district Southern Luzon, 1901-1902, district Northern Luzon, 1902. Commanded Department Mindanao, P.I., 1902-1903.
Commanded Department of the Missouri, 1903-1904, Southwestern Division, 1904-1905, Division of the Pacific, 1905-1906. Silver star citation, Battle of San Juan, Cuba, July 1, 1898. Home: Brookline, Mass.