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Arthur K. Simpson was born in Ohio in August 1855. He moved to Pittsburgh when he was 10, and left school when he was 15 to take a job in a railroad office. In 1874, he began his insurance career with Allenmania Insurance Company in Pittsburgh.

He took a few years away from the insurance industry to become involved in the lumber industry in West Virginia but was soon back in Pittsburgh where he served as special agent of the Citizens Insurance Company from 1880 to 1887. He later told the Fireman’s Fund Record, "I stayed in the office for awhile and then was made special agent, covering territory from Bangor, ME., to St. Paul, Minneapolis, Omaha, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. Quite a job for a kid, but it was worth while as it gave me a lot of experience."

In 1887, he joined the Fireman’s Fund as a special agent for the New England states. In 1893, he was appointed assistant manager, and in 1909 succeeded Charles Kellogg as manager of the Eastern Department.

During his career with Fireman’s Fund Simpson held many civic and social position, as well as attending to his professional duties. He was vice president of the New England Insurance Exchange and was a member of the Boston Athletic Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club.

Arthur Simpson retired from Fireman’s Fund on New Year’s Eve of 1921, but he retained desk space in the office and remained involved in the business until his death on June 4, 1922.

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