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William H. Sims, 1841 University of Virginia School of Law Diploma

Identifier: MSS-2013-02

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1841

Biographical / Historical

William Hobson Sims was born 8 April 1820 in Halifax County, Virginia. His parents were John Sims and Maria Wilson Sims. He attended the College of William and Mary and afterward 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.


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University of Virginia law student diploma.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 2013.

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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States