SIMPSON, Milward Lee (1897-1993)
Senate Years of Service: 1962-1967

SIMPSON, MILWARD LEE, (father of Alan Kooi Simpson), a Senator from Wyoming; born in Jackson, Teton County, Wyo., November 12, 1897; attended the public schools of Wood River, Meeteetse, and Cody; graduated from the University of Wyoming at Laramie in 1921; attended Harvard University Law School 1921-1925; during the First World War served as a second lieutenant in the Infantry, United States Army; admitted to the bar in 1926 and practiced law in Cody, Wyo., until 1955; member, State house of representatives 1926-1927; Governor of Wyoming 1955-1959; resumed law practice in 1959; appointed member of the board of trustees of University of Wyoming in 1939 and served as president 1943-1954; member of the National Association of Governing Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions in 1950 and served as president in 1952 and 1953; elected in a special election on November 6, 1962, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator-elect Keith Thomson in the term ending January 3, 1967; was not a candidate for reelection in 1966; lived in Cody, Wyo., until his death on June 10, 1993; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Cody, Park County, Wyo.

University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
Laramie, WY
Papers: 1887-1959. 200 cubic feet. Personal and professional papers from his legal practice, service as governor, senator, and post-Senate career. Correspondence, legal documents, newspaper clippings, financial records, speeches, photographs, and political papers; records of the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission (1931-1940); correspondence, minutes, and convention materials of the Jackson Hole Chapter of the Izaak Walton League (1935-1939); and subject files from Senate office (1963-1967). Topics include ranching, grazing rights, the development of Yellowstone National Park, and the Shoshone irrigation project. Finding aid.

Wyoming State Archives
Cheyenne, WY
Papers: Miscellaneous papers.

  • U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable Milward L. Simpson of Wyoming in the United States Senate, Upon the Occasion of His Retirement as a Senator. 89th Cong., 2d sess., 1966. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1966.
  • Wakefield, Robert. Milward L. Simpson: The Fiery Petrel. Sheridan, Wyo.: Wellington Press, 2005.