Samuel Colgate, a son of  William Colgate of precious memory, was born in the city of New York, March 22, 1822.  He was baptized and became a member of the Tabernacle Baptist church in 1839.  From that early age he has been an earnest worker in the cause of Christ.  He succeeded to his father’s business and to his father’s benevolence and interest in the great enterprises of the Baptists.  He is a member of the board of Madison University, and a liberal patron of that institution.  It is well known that Samuel and James B Colgate erected the Colgate Academy edifice at Hamilton, an important adjunct to the university, at an expense only a little short of  $60,000.  Mr. Colgate has been for several years a member of the board of the American Tract Society.  He is president of the board of the New York Education Society; he is also president of that famous association of New York, “The Society for the Suppression of vice.”