William E. Sims Obituary
Yale University

Edited by Henry H. Mitchell

The following William E. Sims obituary was published by his alma mater, Yale University.


William Edward Sims, son of John Hampton Sims, was born in Sligo, Mississippi, on May 15, 1842.

On graduation he returned home and soon after enlisted in the 21st Mississippi Regiment, Confederate Army, and served throughout the war in the Army of Northern Virginia. Shortly after the war closed he removed to Eldon, Va. He was admitted to the bar in April, 1871, and practiced his profession at Chatham until 1884. At one time he was a member of the State Executive Committee of the Democratic party, but he afterwards identified himself with the Republicans and in 1882 was their candidate for Congress in the Fifth District of Virginia. In 1883 he was the Republican candidate for the State Senate, and such strong feeling was excited in connection with his campaign on that occasion and the riot and massacre which occurred at Danville, that he was compelled to take his family out of the State. He then went to Washington, and in January, 1884, was appointed book-keeper of the Senate folding-room. In 1884 he was a delegate to the National Republican Convention, and again in 1888. In June, 1886, he returned to Chatham, Va., but spent most of his time in Washington, where he found temporary employment of various kinds, though incapacitated by excessive deafness. In August, 1890, he was appointed United States Consul at Colon (formerly Aspinwall), in the Republic of Colombia, Central America. He continued in that office until his death there, after two weeks' illness, on July 26, 1891, in his 50th year.

He was married, on October 17, 1865, to Miss Matoaka Whittle, at Eldon, Va., who survives him with their two sons, — an only [daughter] having died in infancy.


Note: Research assistance was provided by William F. Melton, Middlebury, Vermont.


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