WILLIAM S. SIMKINS
William S. Simkins, professor emeritus of law,
died on February 27, 1929. He was 86.
Professor Simkins was born on August 25, 1842,
in Edgefield, South Carolina. He studied at the Citadel but left
school when the Civil War broke out. According to some accounts,
he participated in the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861. Commissioned
a first lieutenant of artillery in the Confederate Army, he served
throughout the Civil War.
He was admitted to the bar in 1870. After moving
to Texas in 1873, he practiced law first in Corsicana and later
in Dallas. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at
Austin in 1899. He became professor emeritus in 1923 but continued
to offer a weekly lecture for the next six years.
Professor Simkins published numerous standard
textbooks, including Equity as Applied in the State and Federal
Courts of Texas (1903), Contracts and Sales (1905),
Administration of Estates in Texas (1908), A Federal
Suit in Equity (1909), A Federal Suit at Law (1912),
and Title by Limitations in Texas (1924).
Professor Simkins received an honorary degree
from the University of the South in 1917. He was a member of the
State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. The symbol
of the law school, Peregrinus, was drawn from a lecture he delivered.
Simkins Hall dormitory was named after him.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18,
2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker
Texas History Center and the New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association,
The UT Law Library Archives has addtional materials