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Samuel Leonidas Simpson


Lawyer, poet, journalist

Photograph provided by and used with the permission
of Cecil Houk,
a distant relative of Samuel Leonidas Simpson

Samuel Leonidas Simpson came to Oregon via the Oregon Trail while an infant. He was a graduate of Willamette University, practiced law, edited the Oregon Statesman, and authored poetry and other writings. He is reputedly the first Oregon poet to attract national attention.

Sam Simpson as I Knew Him
by Fred A Dunham
(The Pacific Monthly: A Magazine of Education and Progress)

An Oregon Trail Family


Samuel Leonidas Simpson, The Gold-Gated West: Songs and Poems (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1910)(W.T. Burney ed.) [online text]


"High Tide for Sam Simpson," in Ralph Friedman, Tracking Down Oregon (Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1978)