Sampson, Thornton Rogers was born on October 9, 1852 in Prince Edward, Virginia, United States. Son of Review Francis S. and Caroline (Dudley) Sampson.
Bachelor of Arts, Hampden-Sidney College, 1871. Studied at university of Virginia and Leipzig. Theology at Edinburgh, and Union Theological Seminary, Virginia.
(Doctor of Divinity, Davidson College, North Carolina, 1893, Doctor of Laws, 1907).
Ordained Presbyterian ministry, 1878. In mission work among the Greeks in Athens and Thessalonica, 1878-1892. Secretary foreign missions, 1892-1894.
President Assembly’s Home and School, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1894-1897, Austin College, Sherman, Texas, 1897-1900. President, 1900-1905, Lutcher professor church history and polity, since 1905, Austin Presbyn, Theological Seminary. Home: Austin, Texas.