Thetus Willrette Sims

Thetus W. Sims
United States House of Representatives
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 4, 1921
Personal details
Born (1852-04-25)April 25, 1852
Wayne County, Tennessee
Died December 17, 1939(1939-12-17) (aged 87)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Rock Creek Cemetery
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party (United States)
Spouse(s) Nannie Kitrell Sims
Children Edna Sims

Erskine Kent Sims

Tom Sims

Elizabeth Sims

Marie Sims

Paul Sims

Enid Sims

Alma mater Cumberland University
Profession Lawyer

Thetus Willrette Sims (April 25, 1852 – December 17, 1939) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 8th congressional district of Tennessee.


Sims was born on April 25, 1852 near Waynesboro, Tennessee in Wayne County son of George Washington and Sarah Jane Whitson Sims. He attended a private school at Martin Mills and moved with his parents to Savannah, Tennessee in Hardin County in 1862 during the Civil War.

Sims attended Savannah (Tennessee) College and graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee in June 1876. He was admitted to the bar the same year.[1] He married Nannie Kitrell on December 26, 1877, and they had seven children, Edna, Erskine, Tom, Elizabeth, Marie, Paul, and Enid.[2]


Sims commenced practice in Linden, Tennessee in Perry County. He was the superintendent of public instruction for Perry County, Tennessee from 1882 to 1884.

Sims was elected to the House in the fall of 1896 as a Democrat. He was reelected to the eleven succeeding Congresses.

His tenure in the House lasted for 12 terms in office from March 4, 1897 to March 4, 1921.[3]

Returning to Lexington, Tennessee in Henderson County, Sims resumed the practice of law for a few years. He retired from active business pursuits in 1930 shortly after the beginning of the Great Depression and returned to Washington, D.C..


Sims died on December 17, 1939(1939-12-17) (aged 87) In Washington, D.C. He is interred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.[4] He was the father-in-law of politician Louis Brownlow.


External links

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