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College of Arts and Sciences|Diamond Jubilee -- 75th Anniversary

Milward L. Simpson*

Bachelor of Arts - 1921 - Political Science

A third generation Wyomingite with pioneer ancestors, Milward Simpson was prominent in his college days as captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams, yearbook editor, and an intercollegiate debater.

Simpson was a first lieutenant in the Army Infantry in WWI. He received his law degree in 1925 from Harvard, and, like his father before him, established a successful law practice, and was active in both the Wyoming and American Bar Associations.

In 1926, he was elected to the State Legislature from Hot Springs county. He served with uncommon ability and energy. A 1940 bid for the United States Senate was not successful, an uncharacteristic loss for the formidable campaigner. Simpson was elected Wyoming's Governor in 1954. In 1962, he was elected United States Senator, and served until 1966.

He showed matchless dedication to the University. First appointed to the UW Board of Trustees in 1939, he served on the Board for 16 years, 11 as its president. Due in great part to his efforts, the estate of William Robertson Coe was entrusted to the University, the largest such gift in the school's history. It made possible the construction of Coe Library and the successful establishment of the American Studies program.

Simpson's political acumen and legendary humor made him a most memorable Wyoming leader. A dedicated husband and father, Simpson's legacy includes sons Peter and Alan, who continue the Simpson tradition of public service and service to the University.

In the late 1960s, Simpson's many friend and supporters established an endowment fund in his honor to further, foster, and enhance the study of political science. Its funds have supported student internships and brought guests of national prominence to campus. Robert Russin's bronze sculptural portrait of Simpson was dedicated in 1993 and is on display in the A&S Building.

*In loving memory.

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