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William Elliot Simms

congressman

William Elliot Simms, American congressman. member Kentucky House of Representatives (Democrat), 1849; member United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, 36th Congress, 1859-1861, defeated for re-election, 1860.

Background

Simms, William Elliot was born on January 2, 1822 in near Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, United States. Son of William Marmaduke and Julia (Shropshire) Simms.

Education

Graduate law department Transylvania U., 1846.

Career

Began practice law, Kentucky, 1846. Raised company of 3d Kentucky Regiment of Infantry in Mexican War, 1846. Member Kentucky House of Representatives (Democrat), 1849.

Editor Kentucky State Flag, 1857. Member United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, 36th Congress, 1859-1861, defeated for re-election, 1860. Joined Confederate forces of Humphrey Marshall, 1861.

Colonel Kentucky Cavalry, served in eastern Kentucky and western Virginia. Resigned from army to serve as member Confederate Senate, 1862.

Membership

Member Kentucky House of Representatives (Democrat), 1849. Member United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, 36th Congress, 1859-1861, defeated for re-election, 1860.

Connections

Married Lucy Ann Blythe, September 27, 1866, 3 children.

father:
William Marmaduke Simms

mother:
Julia (Shropshire) Simms

spouse:
Lucy Ann Blythe