Brigadier General, United States Army
JOHN SIMPSON DEAD
Retired Veteran Served In the Army for Forty-One Years
GALVESTON, Texas, October 31, 1914 – Brigadier General John Simpson, USA, retired, died late last night at the home of his son-in-law, Captain William Leo Guthrie, at the Second Division Encampment in Texas City. General Simpson was 74 years old. The body was sent to Washington, D.C. for burial in Arlington Cemetery.
General Simpson was born in Bethel, Clermont County, Ohio, and was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Griffith Simpson. He was educated in the public schools and in September 1862 enlisted in the Fifth Ohio Cavalry as a Private. From July 1863 until the end of the Civil War, he was attached to the Headquarters Division of the Tennessee and the Military Division of the Mississippi. He remained with the Army after the war and was made a Second Lieutenant in 1867.
In 1874 be became a First Lieutenant and a Regimental Quartermaster of the Fourth Artillery. He was made a Captain and Assistant Quartermaster in 1875 and in 1892 a Major and Assistant Quartermaster. In 1897, General Simpson was appointed a Lieutenant Colonel and Deputy Quartermaster General; in 1901 he was made a Colonel and Assistant Quartermaster General and in 1903 was retired with the rank of Brigadier General.
General Simpson married Miss Laura S. Chafee
of Newport, Rhode Island, in 1869.
Posted: 2 January 2008 Updated: 10 June 2008