John Simpkins

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John Simpkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 27, 1898
Preceded byCharles S. Randall
Succeeded byWilliam S. Greene
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1862-06-27)June 27, 1862
New Bedford, Massachusetts
DiedMarch 27, 1898(1898-03-27) (aged 35)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materHarvard University

John Simpkins (June 27, 1862 – March 27, 1898) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Simpkins attended the public schools of Yarmouth and St. Mark's School, Southboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1885. From 1890 through 1891 he served as a member of the Massachusetts State Senate. He served as president of the Republican Club of Massachusetts in 1892 and 1893. He served as member of the Republican State committee 1892–1894.

Simpkins was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 1898. He was interred in Woodside Cemetery, Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

He amassed a large collection of books that was donated to the public school he had attended (at 134 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts) upon his death in 1898. The school was named for him. The school opened in 1930 for grades 1–12. In 1958, after the new Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School was built, it first became a middle school and then an elementary school. In 2006 it closed.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "John Simpkins (id: S000428)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 13th congressional district

March 4, 1895 - March 27, 1898
Succeeded by