About Milward Lee Simpson
Milward Lee Simpson (November 12, 1897 – June 10, 1993) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator and as the 23rd Governor of Wyoming.
Life and career
Simpson was born in Jackson, Teton County, Wyoming, the son of Margaret (née Burnett) and William Lee Simpson. He attended the public schools of Wood River, Meeteetse, and Cody; and graduated from the University of Wyoming in Laramie (Albany County) in 1921. While a student at Wyoming, he was both an athlete and a member of the university's debate team. He then attended Harvard University Law School from 1921 to 1925. During World War I, Simpson served as a second lieutenant in the infantry, United States Army. Simpson was admitted to the bar in 1926 and practiced law in Cody until 1955.
Simpson served as a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1926 to 1927. He was a member of the board of trustees of the University of Wyoming in 1939 and president of the board from 1943 to 1954. He was a member of the National Association of Governing Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions in 1950 and served as president of the body from 1952 to 1953.
Milward Simpson was narrowly elected Governor of Wyoming in November 1954. He defeated the Democrat William Jack, 56,275 (50.5 percent) to 55,163 (49.5 percent). Simpson was unseated in 1958, a heavily Democratic year nationally, after a single term in office by John J. Hickey of Rawlins (Carbon County), 55,070 (48.9 percent) to 52,488 (46.6 percent). He resumed his law practice in 1959.
Simpson later won a special election on November 6, 1962, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Republican Senator-elect Edwin Keith Thomson in the term ending January 3, 1967; he was not a candidate for Senate reelection in 1966 but was succeeded by outgoing Governor Clifford Peter Hansen of Jackson. Simpson lived in Cody until his death in 1993 at age 95.
Simpson, along with Barry Goldwater of Arizona, Norris Cotton of New Hampshire, Bourke B. Hickenlooper of Iowa, and John Tower of Texas, was one of six Republican Senators who voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
His son, Alan K. Simpson, also served in the United States Senate as a Republican. Alan Simpson was the Senate GOP whip during the early 1990s.
As a young man, Milward Simpson played professional baseball in Cody. One of his teammates was the future Louisiana Lieutenant Governor and Education Superintendent William J. "Bill" Dodd (1909–1991). They became close friends.