Biography of Samuel Simpson
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SAMUEL SIMPSON, WALLINGFORD: President the Simpson, Hall & Miller Company, and the Simpson Nickel Silver Company.

Samuel Simpson, one of the best-known manufacturers in the state, was born in Wallingford, April 7, 1814, and received a thorough common school education. In January, 1835, he engaged in the manufacturing business, and has since continued in that line of activity, building up an extensive industry in britannia, nickel, silver, and electro silver-plated ware. He is the president of the Simpson, Hall & Miller Company, and of the Simpson Nickel Silver Company. He is also the president of the National and Savings banks, occupying this position in each since its establishment. Mr. Simpson is a prominent democrat and has held important pcsitions within the gift of his party. In 188o he was a delegate to the national democratic convention at Cincinnati, and has represented the town of Wallingford in the legislature during the sessions of 1846, 1859, 1865, and 1879. He has been the nominee of his party on various occasions for the state senate, and has held the offices of justice of the peace, selectman, assessor, member of the board of relief, and warden of the borough. When he first ran for state senator, he was on the ticket with Samuel Ingraham for governor, and Samuel Arnold for congress. As the New Haven Register of that day expressed it: " We have three Sams on our ticket." Only one Sam, however, was elected- Arnold of Haddam. In the legislature Mr. Simpson exercised a wide influence and was invariably instrumental in promoting the best interests of the state. His bushiness interests and associations have extended beyond Wallingford. From 1840 until 1850 he was engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York city under the firm name of Simpson & Benham, his place of business being on Pearl street. He was one of the original stockholders of the First National Bank in Meriden in 1863, subscribing to one tenth of the stock. He has been a director since the organization of the bank, Joel H. Guy being the president. Mr. Simpson married Miss Martha DeEtte Benham of Cheshire, July 6, 1835. She is still living. Of a family of six children only one survives. Mr. Simpson is a member of St. Paul's church in Wallingford, and holds the office of senior warden, having been the incumbent of the position since 1857. He began his career as a citizen of the state by sustaining the administration of President Jackson, and has voted for every democratic candidate for the presidency since he became of age.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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