William Simpson was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at the 102nd National Encampment held in Portland, Maine, August 14 - 18, 1983. Brother Simpson is a life member and his eligibility to the Order is two-fold. His paternal great-grandfather, James Simpson, served in Co. M, 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry for two years. His maternal great-grandfather served in the 186th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry for three years.
Brother Simpson joined General George C. Meade Camp #16 in 1968 and served in all Camp offices, and was elected Pennsylvania Department Commander in 1974 and again in 1975. Our Commander-in-Chief has held appointed and elective offices in our National Organization including serving on the Council of Administration, Military Affairs Committee and as Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief.
Brother Simpson graduated from High School in 1949 and served with the U.S. Marines in the Korean War. He is also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion and the Marine Corps League. He has been employed for 31 years by the Parish Division of Dana Corps as an assembly line worker.