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SIMS, ALEXANDER DROMGOOLE.
X HIS gentleman represents the fourth Congressional District of South Carolina, commonly known as the Darlington District, which comprises the judicial districts of Chesterfield, Marlborough, Darlington, Marion, Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg. He was born on the 12th of June, 1803, in the county of Brunswick, Virginia. His father, Doctor Richard Sims, was a native of Granville county, North Carolina, though descended from a family which settled more than a century ago in Hanover county, Virginia. His mother, whose maiden name was Rebecca Dromgoole, daughter of the late Reverend Edward Dromgoole, and eldest sister of the late representative in Congress, George C. Dromgoole, was a native of Brunswick county, Virginia. Her father came from Ireland; her mother, whose maiden name was Walton, descended from George Walton and Rebecca Roe, who settled at or near Williamsburg, Virginia, more than one hundred and fifty years ago.
Mr. Sims has four sisters and one brother living. A younger brother, the Reverend Edward D. Sims, an accomplished scholar and divine, and at the time of his decease Professor of English Literature in the University of Alabama, died in the spring of 1845.
Though the parents of Mr. Sims were in moderate circumstances, they were enabled, by economy and prudence, to afford him every opportunity for a thorough education. After the necessary preparation, at the age of sixteen he joined the freshman class in the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, where he continued the assiduous prosecution of his studies until near the close of the first session in his junior year, standing among the first in his class. At this time he left the University and entered Union College, New York—attracted there, perhaps, as much by the high character of Doctor Nott as any other consideration—where he took his first degree at Com