Richard F. Simpson

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Richard Franklin Simpson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byRobert Rhett
Succeeded byJames L. Orr
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Laurens District
In office
November 24, 1834 – June 1, 1838
Personal details
BornMarch 24, 1798
Laurens, South Carolina
DiedOctober 28, 1882(1882-10-28) (aged 84)
Pendleton, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSouth Carolina College
ProfessionLawyer, politician, farmer
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1835
Battles/warsSecond Seminole War

Richard Franklin Simpson (March 24, 1798 – October 28, 1882) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Born in Laurens, South Carolina, Simpson graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1816. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1819. He began practice in Pendleton, South Carolina. He held several local offices and served as major during the Second Seminole War in 1835.

Simpson served as member of the State senate 1834-1838. He was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1848. He served as member of the secession convention in 1860 and signed the ordinance of secession.

After his political involvement, Simpson engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died in Pendleton, South Carolina, October 28, 1882 and was interred in the family cemetery near that city.


  • United States Congress. "Richard F. Simpson (id: S000435)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Rhett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
James L. Orr