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E.J. Simkins Eldred James Simkins
Full Name: Eldred James Simkins
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)   Democrat Corsicana / Navarro   Freestone, Limestone, Navarro
S 15 Jan 11, 1887 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (4)   20th (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) Simkins resigned 4/30/1892. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) 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.
(4) Democrat. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(5) 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).
(6) 20th Legislature - Listed as new member in roll call, 1/11/1887, p. 1: "The credentials of the new members were presented, and the following Senators had the oath of office administered them by the Lieutenant Governor, to-wit:.." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • SIMKINS, ELDRED JAMES (1839-1903). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, Eldred James Simkins, Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1892-1894. Born 10/13/1838. Justices of Texas, 1836-1986 (Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin), 2004.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 20th Legislature, 1887.
  • Biographical sketch. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 213-215. "In 1886, he was elected, by a majority of 2,800 votes, to the Twentieth and Twenty-first Legislatures, from the Fifteenth Senatorial district..." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
  • Biographical sketch. Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1893, pp. 491-492, crediting Palestine Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 367-368. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
  • Judge Eldred James Simkins Homestead, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas; The History of The Judge E. J. Simkins Homestead by Herchel Stephens and Mrs. Allen Edens, Jr. Navarro County Scroll, Vol XX, 1975, Used with permission of the Navarro County Texas Historical Society; historical marker and biography. Born 1838. TXGenWeb Project.
  • 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.
  • Portrait. Texas Jurists, 1836 - 1936, 1936.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. E.J. Simkins, Texas Jurists Collection
  • Photograph. E.J. Simkins,20th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. E.J. Simkins,21st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. E.J. Simkins,22nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 20th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, west wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 21st session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • 22nd session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber gallery, west wall. 3E.5). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    22nd R.S. - 1891
    Constitutional Amendment to Judiciary Article  
    Constitutional Amendments (Chair) 
    Education  
    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
    Education  
    Engrossed Bills (Chair) 
    Judicial Department (Chair) 
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Penitentiaries  
    Public Lands  
    Public Printing  
    Rules  
    Sheriff's Fees and Attached Witness Fees (Chair) 
    20th R.S. - 1887
    Capitol Dedication Arrangements  
    Education  
    Engrossed Bills  
    Federal Relations (Chair) 
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    North Texas Insane Asylum at Terrell  
    Penitentiaries  
    Public Debt  
    Public Printing  
    Retrenchment and Reform  
     

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