From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Simpson, James Edward

(born: 1854  -  died: 1956) James Edward Simpson was born in Brownville, PA, and moved to Louisville, KY, where he taught Latin at Louisville Colored High School [later Louisville Central High School]. He was also a graduate of Louisville National Medical College, but never practiced medicine. Simpson was a member of the committee that established the retirement and pension for the City of Louisville, and he was the first teacher to retire under the new system. He was the husband of Lida Simpson, and they were the parents of three children, all born in Louisville, KY, two of whom were Abram L. Simpson and Jane Simpson Williams. James E. Simpson died in Washington, D.C. For more see "James Edward Simpson" on page 440 in The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians by A. A. Dunnigan.

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NKAA Entry: Louisville Central High School/Central High School Magnet Career Academy
NKAA Entry: Louisville National Medical College
NKAA Entry: Simpson, Abram Lyon
NKAA Entry: Williams, Jane Simpson
NKAA Entry: Dunnigan, Alice A.
NKAA Source: Fascinating story of Black Kentuckians : their heritage and traditions

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“Simpson, James Edward,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 29, 2020,

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