E.J. Simkins

Eldred James Simkins

Full Name: Eldred James Simkins
Other surnames: Sempkins
Date of birth: October 13, 1839
Date of death: June 25, 1903

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 15 Jan 13, 1891 - Apr 30, 1892 22nd (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Corsicana / Navarro   Freestone, Limestone, Navarro
S 15 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 13, 1891 20th (7) (8)   21st (5) (6)   Democrat Corsicana / Navarro   Freestone, Limestone, Navarro

(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1892 due to redistricting. Act approved Apr. 19, 1892, 22nd Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 20. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(3) Simkins resigned 4/30/1892. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) 22nd Legislature - 1/13/1891, p. 1, listed as new member in roll call: "The credentials of the new members were presented, and the following senators had the oath of office administered them by the president pro tem of the senate." Senate Journal.
(5) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(6) E.J. Sempkins, Senate District 15. List of Senators of the 21st Legislature, "The State Senate: Members-Elect in the Different Districts - Austin Local Notes," Galveston Daily News, 11/20/1888, p. 6, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. "There are two independents in the list. The rest are democratic nominees." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(7) Roster of senators and representatives of the 20th Legislature with their postoffice address, Austin Weekly Statesman, "Governmental," 12/30/1886, p. 6. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(8) 20th Legislature - Roll call of new members, oath of office administered, 1/11/1887, p. 1. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • Mentioned in introduction to "Why the Ku Klux," by brother William Stewart Simkins, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, June 1916. Reprinted in collection of documents for American Legal History course of Thomas D. Russell, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. The Alcalde.
  • Mentioned in "After 55 years, naming of dorm for Klansman to be reconsidered," 5/20/2010. Austin American-Statesman.
  • Discussed in article about brother William Stewart Simkins, "‘Keep the Negroes Out of Most Classes Where There Are a Large Number of Girls’: The Unseen Power of the Ku Klux Klan and Standardized Testing at The University of Texas, 1899-1999," Thomas D. Russell, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, March 22, 2010. Social Science Research Network, 2010.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

22nd R.S. - 1891
Constitutional Amendment to Judiciary Article  
Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
Engrossed Bills  
Internal Improvements  
Jefferson Davis  
Judiciary No. 1  
Mining and Irrigation  
Printing of Daily Senate and House Journals  
Private Land Claims  
Public Printing  
Towns, Cities and Corporations  
21st R.S. - 1889
Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
Judicial Department (Chair) 
Judiciary No. 1  
Public Lands  
Public Printing  
Sheriff's Fees and Attached Witness Fees (Chair) 
20th R.S. - 1887
Capitol Dedication Arrangements  
Engrossed Bills  
Federal Relations (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1  
North Texas Insane Asylum at Terrell  
Public Debt  
Public Printing  
Retrenchment and Reform  

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