Edward F. Simms

Edward Francis Simms (March 5, 1871 – December 6, 1938) was an American lawyer, oil industrialist, and owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses about whom a Houston Post obituary said his career was "a saga of American accomplishment."[1][2]

Edward Simms
Born(1871-03-05)March 5, 1871
DiedDecember 6, 1938(1938-12-06) (aged 67)
Baltimore, Maryland, US
Resting placeGlenwood Cemetery (Houston, Texas)
Cenotaph: Paris Cemetery, Paris, Kentucky
EducationB.A., LL.B.
Alma materYale University,
University of Virginia School of Law
OccupationLawyer, oil industrialist, racehorse owner & breeder
Board member ofSimms Oil Company, Xalapa Farm
Spouse(s)Lillie Lee Weir

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, at the turn of the 20th Century Simms went to Texas where he made a fortune in oil exploration in the Sour Lake area. In 1915 he returned to Kentucky where he bought out his brother William's share in Xalapa Farm near Paris, Kentucky, a property they had inherited from their father. Edward Simms would become a successful breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses.[3]

Edward Simms died December 6, 1938 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he had been undergoing treatment for leukemia.[4]


  1. ^ "Simms Funeral Rites Today". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1938-12-08. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  2. ^ "Edward Francis Simms, B.A. 1891" (PDF). Yale University Obituary Record, pages 79-80. 1938-12-06. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  3. ^ "BUCKNER/SIMMS/ALEXANDER/WEIR". Bourbon County, Kentucky Newspaper Articles. 1952-09-03. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. ^ "E. F. Simms Passes Away". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1938-12-07. Retrieved 2018-11-28.