Samuel Cashwan was born 26 December 1899 in Cherkassi, near Kiev, in Russia. In 1906 his family immigrated to New York City. In 1914 he began modelling in clay. In 1916 his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. In 1918 he served in the US Army, being honorably discharged at the end of the First World War. In 1918 he earned a scholarship to the Architectural League in New York City. He studies architectural sculpture. In 1919 he executed a commissioned monument presented by the US to Belgium. His talent in sculpture earned him a scholarship to Ecole des Beaux Arts in the period 1923-1927.
Cashwan was a sculptor, taught at the University of Michigan during the Depression, and was supervisor of sculpture for the Works Progress Administration / Federal Art Project in Michigan, for whom he produced a number of works. Cashwan was a multi-faceted individual; besides being a sculptor and an administrator, he was a stylist for General Motors and worked under Harley Earl, the star of the new Buick Ads. Apparently Cashwan retired from Michigan to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he died August 10, 1988. Works of Cashwan are kept at the Michigan State University, the Michigan University, and Clare Middle School.