SIMPSON, Jeremiah (Jerry)

SIMPSON, Jeremiah (Jerry)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1842–1905

Biography

SIMPSON, Jeremiah (Jerry), a Representative from Kansas; born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, March 31, 1842; moved with his parents to Oneida County, N.Y., in 1848; attended the public schools; at the age of fourteen became a sailor and followed nautical pursuits from 1856 to 1879; served in the Civil War in Company A, Twelfth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry; moved to Barber County, Kans., in 1878 and settled near Medicine Lodge; engaged in farming and stock raising; on two occasions was an unsuccessful candidate for election on the Independent ticket to the Kansas house of representatives from Barber County; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; resumed his former pursuits; died in Wichita, Kans., October 23, 1905; interment in Maple Grove Cemetery.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Beals, Carleton. "Sockless Socrates." In The Great Revolt and Its Leaders: The History of Popular American Uprisings in the 1890's, pp. 159-82. New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1968.

Bicha, Karel Denis. "Jerry Simpson: Populist Without Principle." Journal of American History 54 (September 1967): 291-306.

Diggs, Annie Le Porte. The Story of Jerry Simpson. Wichita, Kans.: Jane Simpson, 1908.

Fleming, Elvis E. "'Sockless' Jerry Simpson: The New Mexico Years, 1902-1905." New Mexico Historical Review 69 (January 1994): 49-70.

Johnson, Gerald W. "Sockless Jerry Simpson: Who Showed What's In A Name." In The Lunatic Fringe, pp. 139-51. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1957.

Simpson, Jerry. In Protection or Free Trade?. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1892.

------. The Civil-Service and Cuban Questions. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. The Naval Appropriation Bill. Speech ... in the House of Representatives ... April 1, 1898. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1898?]

Simpson, Jerry, and Peltret, Frank A., eds. The Bayonet. Wichita, Kans.: 1899-1900.

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