After attending the Law School, he returned to Edgefield to open a law office. His practice was successful from the start. Simkins and his wife had three daughters and three sons.
In 1808, he rode the Court Circuit with John C. Calhoun. Simkins was elected to the U.S. Congress as successor to John C. Calhoun who resigned to enter President Monroe's Cabinet. During his second term in Congress, Simkins gave a speech on the Missouri Compromise. Simkins declined reelection after his two ...
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Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 5.
Chapman, John A. History of Edgefield County. Newberry, SC, 1897.
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