Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Thomas W. Simmons (1867-1951)
MSA SC 3520-13438


Born in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland, August 17, 1867.  Son of Josias S. and Leah Catherine (Beckwith) Simmons.  Attended a business college in Baltimore; studied law under ex-Governor Henry Lloyd, c. 1890-92.  Admitted to the bar, 1892.  Married Laura Fletcher, 1893; children:  Harriet R., Lawrence F., J. Frederick, and two other daughters m. Harrington, Kinnamon.  Resided on Glasgow Road at "Briarwood," Cambridge.  Died April 22, 1951.  Buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland.

Bank clerk, National Bank of Cambridge, 1883-88.  Private secretary to John E. Hurst, president of Hurst, Purnell & Company, a dry goods house in Baltimore.   Bookkeeper and teller, Dorchester National Bank of Cambridge, c. 1890-92.  Vice-president, Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Cambridge.  Engaged in private law practice, Cambridge, 1892-1904.  Appointed Special Commissioner to Valparaiso, Chile, c. 1894.  Engaged in the banking business, New York City, N.W. Harris & Company; Berton, Griscom & Company.  Partner, New York Stock Exchange firm of C.W. Wells & Company.  Gave nomination speech for Emerson C. Harrington for governor of Maryland, Democratic State Convention, Baltimore, September 1915.  Appointed by Governor Emerson C. Harrington secretary of state, 1916-19.  Attorney to the Board of County Commissioners, Dorchester County, 1946-51.

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