James W. Sims

James W. Sims

Full Name: James W. Sims
Other surnames: Simms
Date of birth: 1805
Date of death: February 8, 1878

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 1 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (1) (2)     Clarksville / Red River   Bowie, Red River
H 2 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th     Clarksville / Red River   Red River
H 21 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (3)     Clarksville / Red River   Red River

(1) 8th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment, oath of office administered, 11/7/1859, p. 2. Senate Journal.
(2) 8th Legislature - One of 15 newcomers to the Senate, 8th Regular Session, p. 302. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(3) Col. Joseph H. Burks listed as candidate for Senator; Maj. James W. Sims and Andrew J. Titus for Legislature. The Northern Standard (Clarksville, Texas), 8/2/1851, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, James W. Sims, age 48, native state Tennessee, emigrated from Arkansas in 1837, farmer, postoffice Clarksville, Red River County. House Journal.
  • James W. Sims, opening day roll call, 11/7/1859, p. 2; J.W. Simms, native of Tennessee, age 53, immigrated 1837, Red River county, farmer, Clarksville post office, in Senate roster, p. 604. Senate Journal. 8th R.S. November 7, 1859 8th R.S. Roster

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Census of 1850 - Jame Sims, Red River County, age 44, born circa 1806 in Tennessee, farmer.
    Census of 1860 - Jas. W. Sims, Red River County, age 56, born circa 1804 in Maine, farmer.
    Census of 1870 - James W. Sims, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, age 64, born circa 1806 in Tennessee, planter. FamilySearch. 1850 1860 1870
  • Col. James Warren Sims, Sr., birth date 12/31/1805, death date 2/8/1878, burial in Robert Cemetery, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. No grave marker photo. Find a Grave.
  • Death notice, Jas. W. Sims, 2/13/1878, p.3. ". . .a citizen of this Parish since 1860." Death date 2/8/1878. Louisiana Democrat.
  • James W. Sims. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • James W. Sims, pp. 302, 305. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.


  • Photograph. James W. Sims, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature

Committee Information top

8th R.S. - 1859
Claims and Accounts  
Indian Affairs  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Lands  
Treasurer's Books and Accounts  
5th R.S. - 1853
Internal Improvements  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries (Chair) 
4th R.S. - 1851
State Affairs  

This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.