Sam is married to the former Anne Davis of Winston Salem, North Carolina. They have four children.
Sam, Glenn and Ed are Rotarians–Sam in Greensboro, North Carolina and Glenn and Ed in Lillington. After service in the Marines prior to 1958, Sam graduated from of the University of North Carolina with a degree in business. Sam met co-sponsor Ed when they were brothers in the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi at Chapel Hill during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Sam is a retired Merrill-Lynch executive.
Sam grew up in Wilmington where Harnett spent most of his adult life. He has had a life-long interest in Cornelius Harnett. He firmly believes that Cornelius Harnett has not received the recognition that he deserves and that he should not be forgotten. Sam assisted the Rotary Club of Lillington by providing a drawing illustrating Cornelius Harnett reading the Declaration in Halifax on August 1, 1776. Since 1985, this drawing has been used to promote the ”Cornelius Harnett Gala” [originally called the "Cornelius Hall Ball"], at many of the continuous annual events. These events have been fund-raisers for various charities supported by the Rotary Club of Lillington.
Sam is a consummate promoter. One of his promotional efforts for Cornelius Harnett included appearing at Campbell University in Buies Creek, Harnett County, North Carolina dressed as a member of Wilmington Militia in 1781 He was circulating a petition seeking the release of Cornelius Harnett who had been captured by Major Craig after the British successfully invaded Wilmington. This event occurred in 1986 at which Sam presented a copy of “The Petition of Mercy” dated April 21, 1881.
Sam has collected books and other materials that he has furnished for use in preparing summaries in this Web site, many of which are referenced under Resources/Books. Sam and his wife Ann have commissioned an oil painting based on drawing by Don Long representing the capture of Cornelius Harnett by the British in 1781 and illustrating “The Price of Leadership.” For display of the oil painting the Hummels have several possibilities under consideration.