William John Simpson


1851 – 1901


Who was William John Simpson?

William John Simpson was a journalist, insurance agent and political figure in Quebec. He represented Argenteuil in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1892 to 1897 as a Conservative.

He was born in Lachute, Canada East, the son of John Simpson and Jane Dey, and was educated at the Coll├Ęge de Lachute. Simpson published the The Watchman and Ottawa Valley Advocate. In 1874, he married Mary Fitzgerald. He served in the Argenteuil Rangers, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. Simpson was also master of the local Masonic lodge. He was secretary-treasurer for the Lachute municipal council from 1886 to 1889. Simpson was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1897; he ran unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate for a federal seat for Argenteuil in 1900. He died in Lachute at the age of 49.

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Nov 23, 1851
Oct 27, 1901

on July 23, 2013


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