Collection Description & Arrangement
The Law Library bought the William H. Sims Diploma in March of 2013 thanks to a tip from law student Shannon A. Hayes, Law Class of 2015, who discovered the diploma on eBay.
Biographical & Historical Information
William Hobson Sims was born April 8, 1820 in Halifax County, Virginia. His parents were John Sims and Maria Wilson Sims. He attended the College of William and Mary and afterwards the University of Virginia where he studied modern languages and law with Prof. Nat. P. Howard. He graduated with a bachelor of laws degree in 1841. He married Sallie J. Sims. Mr. Sims was appointed justice of the peace for Halifax County in 1849. He was a tabacco planter. Apparentely he never practiced law. Mr. Sims died June 6, 1890.
Diploma. University of Virginia. Mr. William H. Sims of Halifax County Virginia, has this day been declared a GRADUATE in the School of Law with the title of Bachelor of Laws of this University. [Signed] Wm. Wertenbaker Secy of the Faculty, July 3rd. 1841. [Also signed:] N. P. Howard, Professor of Law; Gessner Harrison, Chairman of the Faculty