Samuel was born in Jamestown, March 4th, 1792. He was raised in Usquepaugh, RI, a village in South Kingstown. Samuel traveled to England where he worked as a carpenter, while in England he created a production of pins. Samuel decided to move London and become a pin maker, a short time later Samuel moved to the United States. After he moved back to the states he started a pin manufacturing company. In 1910 Samuel invented a "machine for sticking pens in paper," which is believed to be the first stapler. The stapler had a good impact, it helped people keep their papers together and stay more organized.