Biographical Sketches

SIMS, Charles

SIMS, Charles; R.W.S.; R.A. 1916; A.R.A. 1900; Keeper and Trustee of Royal Academy since 1920; Trustee of National Gallery of British Art, 1920 (Tate Gallery); b. Islington, 1873; m. 1896, Agnes Helen, d. of late John MacWhirter, R.A.; two s.  Educ.: private schools.  Entered commission agent’s office in Paris, 1887, and three other offices subsequently; began to study art at South Kensington (National Art Training School), 1890; Academie Julian, under J. Le Febvre and Benjamin Constant, 1891; Royal Academy Schools, 1893; exhibited R.A. 1894; exhibited The Vine and a portrait at Royal Academy, 1895; Childhood, 1896, purchased in 1900 for the Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, and obtained medal at Salon; Gold medal (International Exhibition), Amsterdam, 1912; Gold medal (International Exhibition), Pittsburg, 1912; The Fountain and The Wood Beyond the World, Tate Gallery (Chantrey Bequest); pictures in the Permanent Municipal Collections of Leeds, Christchurch, New Zealand; Briston, Durham and Pieter.
Source: Who’s Who (1900), page 917, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 4 March 2020).

SIMS, Cicero

CICERO SIMS, of Frankfort, is one of the oldest and best known citizens of Clinton county, Ind. Mr. Sims was born in Rush county, Ind., on the twelfth day of January, 1822. His father, Stephen Sims, was an early settler of the county of Rush. He settled near Rushville and was one of the first justices of the peace of that county. It was in the log cabin home of Stephen Sims that the first circuit court of Rush county was held, and in this house Cicero Sims was born. Cicero Sims was brought up on a farm, and in the district schools gained a fair common school education. In early life he taught in the district schools, and was also an instructor of vocal music for a number of years. With his parents, he removed to Boone county and later he accompanied them to Clinton county, where in 1842 he married Miss Mary C. Black, daughter of William and Isabel (Henderson) Black. Mrs. Sims was born in Wayne county, Ind., June 6, 1824. Her parents were natives of Kentucky, early settlers in Wayne county, and later pioneers in the county of Clinton. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Sims were born six children, as follows: James N., who died in the Civil war, February 12, 1863; he was a corporal in company G, Eighty-ninth Indiana infantry; Sarah C., wife of O. M. Merrick, of Russiaville, Ind.; Nancy J., wife of John A. Merrick, a former attorney, but now a farmer in Clinton county; Isabel E., wife of J. W. Lee, a boot and shoe dealer of Frankfort; William M., of Chicago, and Dr. S. B. Sims, of Frankfort. Immediately after marriage Mr. Sims settled down in life on a farm in the northeastern part of Clinton county, where he lived and tilled the soil with success until 1872, when he removed to Frankfort, where he has since resided. While on the farm Mr. Sims gratified his natural taste for the law by a course of private reading, thus becoming well versed in the principles of the profession. As early as 1858 he was admitted to the practice of law, and while on the farm he did much legal business for his neighbors. Upon coming to Frankfort, in 1872, Mr. Sims and his brother, Capt. James N. Sims, became partners in the practice. He also became interested in the real estate business, and after remaining with his brother eighteen months, withdrew from the partnership, and since then the greater part of his time and attention has been given to his real estate business and collecting. In 1886, Mr. Sims constructed Alhambra Lake, a portion of which lies within the city limits of Frankfort. This artificial lake covers three acres, and averages from five to fifteen feet in depth. It is fed by five flowing wells, which furnish an average of one-hundred gallons per minute. The lake is well stocked with fine fish, and Mr. Sims has provided it with a bath and boating house, which renders the lake a delightful place for bathing and boating. In 1844, Mr. Sims cast his first presidential vote for Henry Clay, and was a whig until the organization of the republican party; since then he has been an enthusiastic republican. He has never sought political preferment, having often declined public office. He is unassuming, plain, jovial and popular, with a wide acquaintance.
Source: A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone and Clinton Counties, Indiana (1895), pages 856-857, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 15 May 2020).

SIMS, George Robert

SIMS, George Robert, journalist and dramatic author; b. 2 Sept. 1847.  Educ.: Hanwell College and Bonn.  Journalist and playright since 1874.  Publications: How the Poor Live; The Dagonet Ballads; Rogues and Vagabonds; Three Brass Balls; Memoirs of Mary Jane; Memoirs of a Landlady; Social Kaleidoscope; Ten Commandments; As it was in the Beginning; Dorcas Dene; Detective, 1897; In London’s Heart; Once Upon a Christmas Time, 1898; etc.; author or part-author of following plays – Lights of London; In the Ranks; Harbour Lights; Mother-in-Law; Faust up to Date; Member for Slocum; Merry Duchess; Golden Ring; Little Christopher Columbus; Grey Mare; Guardsman; The Trumpet Call; The English Rose; Two Little Vagabonds; In Gay Piccadilly; The Elixir of Youth; In London Town; My Innocent Boy; Dandy Fifth; Gipsy Earl; Gay City, etc.  Recreations: battledore and shuttlecock, bull-dogs and trotting ponies.  Address: Clarence Terrace, Regent’s Park.  Clubs: Devonshire, Green Room, etc.
Source: Who’s Who (1900), page 917, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 4 March 2020).

SIMS, James N.

CAPT. JAMES N. SIMS is one of the oldest and most esteemed citizens of Clinton county and has for years been an active and prominent member of its bar. He is a native of Indiana, having been born at Connersville, Fayette county, on the fifth day of January, 1817. His father, Stephen Sims, was born in Cooke county, Tenn., November 24, 1792. Stephen Sims was a son of William and Amelia (Russell) Sims. William Sims was a son of William and Martha Sims, and was born in Culpeper, Va., May 14, 1760, his parents being of Scotch lineage. Unto the marriage of William and Amelia (Russell) Sims was born the following children: Larkin, Mary A., Joshua, James, William, Elizabeth, Sarah, Stephen, Thomas, Anna, Martha and Lewis. Of these only Martha survives. She now (1894) resides in Boone county, Ind., being ninety-five years old. The death of the mother of these children occurred in 1820, and four years later the father married, for a second wife, Fear Sturdivant, whose death occurred in the year 1840. From his native state, William Sims removed in the year 1784, at which date he became a pioneer of Cooke county, Tenn., where he resided until the year 1811, at which date he removed to Franklin county, Ind., where his death occurred August 27, 1845. His occupation was that of farmer. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and served under Gen. Washington. This sturdy pioneer and patriot was equally distinguished as a Christian. When the Methodist Episcopal church was really in its infancy in America, he became a member of this organization, an thereafter till death he remained a zealous and active member. His son, Stephen Sims, father of our subject, was nineteen years of age when he removed with his parents from Tennessee to Indiana in 1811. The family settled near Brookville. In the year 1813, Stephen married Elizabeth McCarty, who was born at North Bend, Hamilton county, Ohio, in the year 1797, to which place her parents had only a short time previously removed from Baltimore county, Md. Her father, also, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. She bore her husband the following named children: Amelia, deceased; Rebecca, deceased; James N., our subject; William, deceased; John F., deceased; Cicero, a prominent retired citizen of Frankfort; Mary J., deceased; Larkin, deceased; Sarah, deceased; Jesse, deceased; Lewis, a well known citizen of Clinton county and a captain of the Eighty-ninth Indiana volunteers; Martha A., who resides at Lebanon, Ind.; and William S., deceased. The last named rose to the rank of captain of the Eighty-sixth Indiana volunteer infantry, in the war of the rebellion. For a short time after his marriage Stephen Sims resided in Franklin county, then removed to Connersville, Fayette county, and from there to Rush county, where he resided until the death of his wife in 1834, at which date he removed to Boone county, and settled near Middlefork, where he continued to reside. He died January 16, 1863. The parents were life-long members of the Methodist Episcopal church. The father held many positions of honor and trust. Like his father he was first a whig in politics and upon the organization of the republican party he became a republican. For years he was justice of the peace, and while residing in Boone county he served as property appraiser; for two years he was an associate justice of Boone county. He also served as school commissioner of Rush county for five years, and in 1850 was a delegate to the Indiana constitutional convention. In all these positions he discharged his duties with fidelity and creditable ability. He was of ordinary education, but of general intelligence and unusual mental energy. He was a soldier of the war 1812, and in every sense of the term was one of the pioneers of Indiana. He was twice married and was the father of nineteen children by both marriages. He began life as a mechanic, and having a large family to support, amidst the privations of a new country, he acquired only a limited estate; and his children, as they grew to maturity, were compelled to resort to their own resources; and such was the lot of his son James N., whose name heads this biographical mention. James N. Sims remained under the parental roof till he reached his majority, aiding his father with work on the farm. He gained a fair common school education, and for ten years was engaged in teaching and by means of earnings from teaching, was enabled to prepare for a professional life. His literary education was completed by a collegiate year at Asbury university. During the period he taught school he applied himself to the study of law. He was licensed to practice in November, 1843, but did not engage in regular practice until several years later. In April, 1848, he opened up an office in Frankfort, where he has since continued to reside and to practice. He was a whig until 1854, when he became and has continued to be a republican. He was a delegate to the national convention in 1860, and supported Abraham Lincoln for the presidency. During the rebellion, he and five brothers served in the Union army. September 16, 1862, he enlisted in company I, of the One Hundredth Indiana volunteer infantry. The company was known as the “Clinton County Excelsiors,” of which he was captain, until, in consequence of failing health, he was honorably discharged, at Camp Sherman, near Vicksburg, on the eleventh day of August, 1863. He then returned to Frankfort and resumed the practice of law, and for nearly fifty years he has been a conspicuous member of the Clinton county bar. In many important cases has he appeared before the county, district and supreme state court, and, now, in his seventy-eighth year, he is still engaged in the practice of his profession, in full possession of all his faculties. He has never yielded to the solicitation of his fellow-citizens to accept public office, preferring the practice of his profession. However, he has always felt a lively interest in all public affairs, calculated to promote the interests of his city, county and state. On the fourteenth day of November, 1865, Mr. Sims married Miss Margaret A. Allen, who was born in Clinton county, Ind., April 29, 1830, a daughter of John and Martha (Runyon) Allen, natives of Ohio. Unto the marriage were born, Elizabeth, deceased; Frederick mayor of Frankfort, elected in 1894; and Grace. Mrs. Sims is an Episcopalian in religious views, while our subject is a Universalist.
Source: A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone and Clinton Counties, Indiana (1895), pages 854-856, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library ( : accessed 13 May 2020).

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