Milward Simpson

Milward Simpson

Eli Johnston, Reporter

Milward Simpson was born on November 12, 1879 in Jackson, Wyoming in Teton county. He attended public schools in Wood River, Meeteetse, and Cody. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. After Laramie he went to Harvard Law school for four years. Then he served in the first world war  as a second lieutenant in the US Army. 

Milward Simpson was the only athlete to captain basketball, baseball, and football in Wyoming.  He was one of the greatest athletes in Wyoming history. So in 1918 he led his team in points per game at 11.6 points per game. In 1920 he was the All-American football player as a halfback. He was also really good at baseball, he had multiple offers to play in the major league. But he declined them so he could go to law school at Harvard.   After law school, he served as the president of the UW Trustees.

He became the Governor of Wyoming and served from 1955 through 1959.  He then served on the US Senate from 1962- 1967 representing Wyoming.  He retired to Cody and is buried in Riverside Cemetery.  The award for the outstanding high school athlete in Wyoming is named after him and is quite the honor to receive.