Frederick E. Samuel (1924-1985) devoted his career as a lawyer and politician to improving the quality of life of the people of Harlem. Samuel was born in Montserrat, West Indies on January 22, 1924. After graduating from the Montserrat Secondary School, he came to New York in 1943. Samuel received his B.S. from McGill University, Montreal, in 1949, his M.A. degree from New York University in 1950, and his J.D. from Fordham University in 1954.