Simpson, William Augustus was born on February 11, 1854 in Brooklyn. Son of George W. and Caroline L. Simpson.
Educated Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, 1866-1870. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1875.
Appointed Second lieutenant 2d Artillery, June 16, 1875. Graduate Artillery School, 1882. First lieutenant, November 8, 1882.
Captain 7th Artillery, March 8, 1898. Major a.-a.-g. vols., May 20-August 26, 1898. Major a.-a.-g. United States of America, July 8, 1898.
Lt:-colonel a.-a.-g., April 18, 1901. Colonel a.-a.-g., August 18, 1903. On General Merritt’s staff, Philippine expedition, 1898.
In charge military information division, Washington, 1898-1903. Adjunct-general Philippines Division, 1903-1905, Department of California, 1906-1910, Department of the Lakes, Chicago, 1910-1911, Central Division, Chicago, June 30, 1911-September, 1912, Eastern Division and Eastern Department, Governor’s Island, New York, September since 1912.
Clubs: Metropolitan, Army and Navy (Washington).
Married Laura Lee of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, April.