SAMUEL T. ARMSTRONG, the fifteenth governor of Massachusetts, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on April 29, 1784. His education was limited and attained in the public schools of his native state. Armstrong established a successful printing business, working his way up from apprentice to owner. He first entered politics in 1822, serving as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a position he held again from 1828 to 1829. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1833 to 1835. On March 1, 1835, Governor John Davis resigned from office, and Armstrong, who was lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until January 13, 1836. Armstrong continued to stay politically active. He served as the mayor of Boston in 1836, and was a member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1839. Governor Samuel Armstrong passed away on March 26, 1850.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.