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Leonard Henly SIMS

(1807-1886)

SIMS, Leonard Henly, a Representative from Missouri; born in Burke County, N.C., February 6, 1807; received a limited schooling; moved to Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1830 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the Tennessee house of representatives for two terms; settled near Springfield, Green County, Mo., in 1839 and continued agricultural pursuits; member of the Missouri State house of representatives 1842-1846; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); returned to Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1847 and continued farming; moved to Independence County, Ark., in 1859, settled on a farm near Batesville, and engaged in cotton raising and farming; served in the Arkansas State senate 1866-1870 and 1874-1878; died on his plantation near Batesville, Independence County, Ark., February 28, 1886; interment in the family plot on his farm.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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