Peter K. Simpson papers, 1977-2009 (bulk 1980-1987)

Simpson, Peter K.,. 1930-


16.93 cubic ft. (37 boxes).
Collection contains a small amount of personal and family papers, files from Simpson's two terms in the Wyoming State Legislature as State Representative from Sheridan County, and files related to his 1986 campaign for Governor of the State of Wyoming.
Peter Kooi Simpson was born in 1930, the son of former Wyoming Governor and U.S. Senator Milward Lee Simpson. He received a BA in history from the University of Wyoming in 1953. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years. In 1958 Simpson started Western Hills, Inc., a swimming pool construction and service company. Later, he returned to UW where he received a MA in history in 1962. He then moved to the University of Oregon where he earned his Ph. D. in History.
In the early 1970s, Simpson returned to Wyoming and began his career as an administrator, first at Casper College as assistant to the president, then at Sheridan College as dean of instruction. While in Sheridan, he was elected to the State Legislature, where he served two terms (1980-1984). During his first term, Simpson was appointed to the Joint Appropriations Committee. In 1984, he became Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the University of Wyoming Foundation. He resigned from that post in 1986 to run for Governor, a race he ultimately lost to Mike Sullivan. He then returned to UW as vice president for development and alumni affairs and later became the vice president for institutional advancement. After retiring in 1997, Simpson taught history at UW as an adjunct professor.
Television commercials used during Simpson's campaign for the 1986 gubernatorial election in Wyoming can be found at the University of Oklahoma's Political Commercial Archive.
Finding aid available in repository.

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