The Judge Elred James Simkins House
Historical Marker
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Location: 514 West 2nd Ave. Corsicana, Texas

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Judge E. J. Simkins House

Eldred James Simkins (1838-1902) then of South Carolina, served four years in the Confederate army. A brother, William S. Simkins was credited with firing the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861. E. J. Simkins moved here in 1871, established a law practice and built the first rooms of this home in 1873. He was a regent of the University of Texas, 1881-93; served as a state senator 1887-92; and as a justice on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals 1893-95. Simkins helped draft the law creating the Texas Railroad Commission and wrote a noted volume on jurisprudence. (1975)




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