Fonds F1681 - William Edward Simpson fonds

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William Edward Simpson fonds


  • 1917-1973 (Creation)

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ca. 3 m of textual records. -- 1 photograph

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Biographical history

William Edward Simpson, 1894-1988, was born in Wardsville, Ontario and moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1910. He read law in a local law firm and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1918. He established the firm of Simpson and Van Allen (later Simpson and Macleod) in Edmonton and became a K.C. in 1938. Much of the firm's work dealt with the petroleum industry.

Simpson participated in three royal commissions including the Rowell-Sirois Commission in 1937 for which he helped prepare The Case for Alberta. He was also counsel for Alberta in the preparation of its brief to the Royal Commission on Economic Prospects (Gordon Commission) in 1955 and was joint counsel for Alberta in preparing the brief presented to the Royal Grain Inquiry Commission (Turgeon Commission) in 1924.

He and his wife, Ethel Lillian Stewart, were married in 1916 and had five children, David, ?-1941, William, Lenna (Manly), Kathleen (Guinness), and Jocelyn (McCreedy).

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Gift of W.E. Simpson, 1981-1990.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and briefs regarding petroleum industry clients; Royal Commissions records; and reference material regarding the history of natural resources in the west.

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      The material is in English.

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      Tuesday, April 17, 2018




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