Samuel was was born on October 21, 1772, in Devonshire, England. He was an English poet, literary critic, and philosopher who was a leader of a British Romantic Movement. His critical work was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. He attended Christ's hospital, and then Jesus College, though he would never receive a degree from the University. He enlisted himself into Royal Dragoons under a false name, due to rejection from a woman. His brothers after a few months arranged for his discharge by pleading "insane".