Thetus W. Sims

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Thetus W. Sims

Thetus Willrette Sims (born April 25, 1852 in Waynesboro , Wayne County , Tennessee , †  December 17, 1939 in Washington, DC ) was an American politician . Between 1897 and 1921 he represented the state of Tennessee in the US House of Representatives .


Thetus Sims first attended a private school in Martins Mills. In 1862 he moved with his parents to Savannah , where he graduated from college. After a subsequent law degree at Cumberland University in Lebanon and his admission as a lawyer in 1876, he began to work in Linden in his new profession. Between 1882 and 1884 Sims was also a school council in Perry County there .

Politically, Sims was a member of the Democratic Party . In the congressional elections of 1896 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in Washington in the eighth constituency of Tennessee, where he succeeded John E. McCall on March 4, 1897 . After eleven re-elections, he was able to complete twelve legislative terms in Congress by March 3, 1921 . During this time, the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the First World War took place . Between 1913 and 1920, the 16th , 17th , 18th and 19th amendments to the Constitution were passed in Congress. From 1911 to 1913, Sims chaired the committee that dealt with war claims. From 1917 to 1919 he headed the Internal and Foreign Trade Committee.

In 1920 Thetus Sims was no longer nominated for re-election by his party. In the following years until 1930 he practiced as a lawyer in Lexington. Then he retired, which he spent in the federal capital Washington. He died there on December 17, 1939.

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