Sampson, Ezra, A Congregational minister, was born at Middleborough, Mass., Feb. 12, 1749. He graduated at Yale College, 1773, and became pastor of the Congregational Church at Plympton, Mass., Feb., 1775. He also officiated as chaplain in the Revolutionary army, and was settled at Hudson, N.Y., 1796. While there he became associated with Rev. Harry Crosswell in the editorship of The Balance, one of the first literary journals in the United States (1801-4). He edited for a year (1804-5) the Connecticut Courant, and became judge of Columbia County in 1814. He died in New York City, Dec. 12, 1823. He was the author of Beauties of the Bible (1802): — Sham Patriot Unmasked (1803): — The Historical Dictionary (1804): — The Brief Remarker on the Ways of Men (1817, 1855). See Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit, 2, 122.