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Samuel Van Sant (May 11, 1844 October 3, 1936) was an Americanmarker politician.

Born in Rock Island, Illinoismarker, he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from January 1893 to January 1897 and served as Speaker of the House. Van Sant served as the 15th Governor of Minnesota from January 7, 1901 to January 4, 1905, the first to serve a four-year term. He was a member of the Republican party.

He was a proud Civil War veteran with service in the [9th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry], and was commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic for a year, 1909–1910. He was known to his friends as "Captain Sam." He died in 1936 aged 92 in Attica, Indianamarker.

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