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Biographical account of Samuel N. Simpson

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P936


Biographical account of Samuel N. Simpson, an early resident of territorial Kansas, by an unknown author. The sketch includes genealogical information about Simpson's ancestors as well as information about Simpson's personal and business life throughout the 19th century. The bulk of the account is allegedly a history of the Border Wars between Kansas and Missouri written by Simpson himself.


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Biography of Samuel N. Simpson

Samuel Newell Simpson was born October 3, 1826 in Deerfield, New Hampshire, the son of Samuel and Hannah (Pearson) Simpson. Simpson's ancestors fought in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars.

Simpson was one of the earliest settlers of Lawrence, Kansas in 1854, suggesting the name of Lawrence for the town in honor of Amos A. Lawrence. He was active in the free state cause, working with John Brown while Brown was in Kansas. Simpson helped his family escape Quantrill's raid in 1863, remaining behind to help bury the dead.

In 1864 Simpson married Kate Lyon Burnett of Ohio; the couple had three children: Charles Lyon, Theodore (died in infancy), and Bernette Newell.

In 1877 Simpson relocated from Lawrence to Wyandotte County, Kansas, taking up the real estate business. He was influential in renaming the city of Wyandotte to Kansas City and otherwise helped the area grow and mature. Simpson and his wife were active in the Congregational Church. Samuel N. Simpson died in 1915.


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RH MS P936

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Walt Wells.



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Biographical account of Samuel N. Simpson, RH MS P936, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States