He was the son of Samuel "John" Galton, a prominent member of the scientific Lunar Society, and the father of Francis Galton the eminent (if somewhat eccentric) Victorian scientist. Samuel Tertius, though less distinguished, was not an exception to the rule of scientific endeavour in his family.
Samuel also inherited his father's considerable business interests and quickly set about making changes - discontinuing the family's armaments business in 1815. Though fascinated by economics (he wrote papers on the subject) Samuel preferred to be less 'hands-on' in the running of the business than his father and spent much of his time living off the revenue of his considerable estate.
Samuel married Violetta (Francis Anne Viollette) Darwin, one of the twelve children of his father's old colleague and fellow Lunar Society member Erasmus Darwin. Many of the 'Lunar children' grew up together and there were several such marriages.
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