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Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936

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William S. Sims, U.S. Navy admiral, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1882. He was president of the naval War College in 1917 and from 1919-1922. During WWI, he was CO, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe

From the description of Letter, January 8, 1918. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 731199382

William S. Sims was born in 1858 in Port Hope, Ontario. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1880. He served as president of the naval War College, 1917, 1919-1922 and during WWI was CO of US Naval Forces in European waters. Sims wrote on naval matters and worked to improve naval gunnery and naval construction. He died in Boston, MA in 1936.

From the description of Letter, April 9, 1929. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 739102949

From the description of Letter, February 25, 1924. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 733263270

Navigation journal kept by Ensign Sims in USS Saratoga, 1891-1892, with later entries in 1896 and 1897. The journal contains navigation problems with detailed explanations, together with drawings and mathematical calculations. The journal was meant to serve as a guide to sailors. Prints of ships are tipped in the volume and a small silk U.S. flag is contained therein.

From the description of Navigation journal, 1891-1892, 1896-1897. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 707728840

William S. Sims, U.S. Naval Officer, was born in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1880. He was president of the Naval War College, 1917, 1919-1922 and CO, U.S. Naval Forces, European waters, 1917-1918.

From the description of Letter, October 16, 1924. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 742576317

From the description of Letter, June, 1935. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 46383164

From the description of Letter, January 29, 1921. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17914007

From the description of Letter, April 15, 1928. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17974870

Sims earned his Harvard AB in 1933 and his AM in 1937.

From the description of Papers in Government 8b, 1934-1935. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 228511649

Naval officer.

From the description of William Sowden Sims papers, 1856-1951 (bulk 1900-1936). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71060530

William Sowden Sims, U.S. Naval officer, was born in Port Hope, Ontario on October 15, 1858. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1880 and served in the China Station, as naval attaché in Paris and St. Petersburg, 1887-1900, and as naval aide to President Theodore Roosevelt, 1908-1909. He attended the naval War College in 1911-1913, and served as its president in 1917 and 1919-1922. He was CO, U.S. Naval Forces, European Waters, 1917-1919. Author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Victory at Sea, he died on September 28, 1936.

From the description of Papers, 1876-1925. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 759396225

William S. Sims, U.S. naval officer, was born in Port Hope, Ontario in 1858. He served as president of the Naval War College in 1917 and from 1919-1922. He was naval representative to Great Britain in 1917 and received command of US forces in European waters after war was declared in April of that year.

From the description of Letter, May 16, 1917. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 730446569

William S. Sims, Admiral, was born in 1858 and died in 1936. He was CO of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, 1917-1918, and president of the Naval War College, 1919-1922.

From the description of Letter, 1920. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17928621

Biographical Note

  • 1858, Oct. 15: Born, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
  • 1880: Graduated., United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  • 1895 - 1896 : Intelligence officer, Charleston on the China Station
  • 1896 - 1900 : Naval attaché, Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; and St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1900 - 1902 : Duty in the Kentucky, Monterey, and Brooklyn on the China Station and on the staff of commander in chief, Asiatic Fleet
  • 1902 - 1909 : Inspector of target practice, Bureau of Navigation
  • 1905: Married Anne Hitchcock
  • 1909 - 1911 : Commanded Minnesota
  • 1911 - 1913 : Student and instructor, United States Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  • 1913 - 1915 : Commanded Torpedo Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet
  • 1915 - 1917 : Commanded Nevada
  • 1917: Promoted to rear admiral President, United States Naval War College Commandant, Second Naval District Sent on secret advisory mission to Europe
  • 1917 - 1919 : Commanded U.S. naval forces in European theater
  • 1919 - 1922 : President, United States Naval War College
  • 1920: Published with Burton J. Hendrick The Victory at Sea. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday
  • 1922: Retired from U.S. Navy
  • 1934: Published “Promotion by Selection,” in Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, 60 (June 1934)
  • 1935: Published Promotion by Selection in the Navy. Boston: Mass.
  • 1936, Sept. 26: Died, Boston, Mass.

From the guide to the William Sowden Sims Papers, 1856-1951, (bulk 1900-1936), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

William Sowden Sims (1858-1936) was born to American parents in Port Hope, Ontario, on October 15, 1858. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1880 and went on to become a respected admiral in the Navy. Sims served as a naval aide to President Theodore Roosevelt from 1908-1909 and later served as the president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1917 and 1919-1922. During World War I (1914-1918), Sims served as the commanding officer for all U.S. naval forces in European waters from 1917-1919. His account of the U.S. naval effort during that war, The Victory at sea, earned him the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1921. Admiral William Sowden Sims died on September 28, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts.

From the guide to the William Sowden Sims papers, Sims (William Sowden) papers, undated, (Redwood Library and Athenaeum)

Archival Resources RoleTitleHolding RepositorycreatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, January 8, 1918. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Henry Croskey Mustin Papers, 1886-1924, (bulk 1903-1920) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948. Papers of Josephus Daniels, 1806-1948 (bulk 1913-1921). Library of Congress creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. William Sowden Sims papers, 1856-1951 (bulk 1900-1936). Library of Congress referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, June, 1935. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University referencedIn Queenstown Association (U.S.) Records, 1913-1980, (bulk 1920-1960) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, October 16, 1924. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Howard, Mary R. Oral history typescript reminiscences of her family, including grandfather George Belknap and her father ADM Reginald R. Belknap, CO, Yankee Mining Squadron. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Josephus Daniels Papers, 1829-1948, (bulk 1913-1921) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON TO ENGLAND, DECEMBER 26-28, 1918 referencedIn Letters sent to Walter Hines Page from various correspondents, English period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University referencedIn Edgar Huidekoper Wells papers, 1912-1933. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University creatorOf Knight, Austin Melvin, 1854-1927. U.S. Naval War College : remarks of the president to the graduating class of June, 1913-14, July 3, 1914. Navy Department Library, Naval History & Heritage Command creatorOf Records of the Bureau of Ships. 1940 - 1966. Correspondence with Admiral William S. Sims referencedIn Wall, Bernhardt, 1872-1956. World War I portraits [manuscript], 1918-1919. University of Virginia. Library creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, April 15, 1928. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Geoge Barr Baker Papers, 1919-1932 Hoover Institution Archives. creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, 1920. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn "March of Time" Collection. 1934 - 1951. "March of Time" Assorted Films. 1935 - 1953. The Ramparts We Watch United States. National Archives and Records Administration referencedIn Herald Tribune. Obituary of William Sims, September 28, 1936. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1798 - 2007. Moving Images Relating to Naval Activities. 1942 - 1947. THE VOYAGE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO FRANCE creatorOf Naval War College (U.S.). [Diploma of Captain E.T. Pollock], June 1920. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University. creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, January 29, 1921. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Craven, Thomas T. (Thomas Tingey), 1873-1950. Papers, 1842-1969 (bulk 1917-1945). Library of Congress referencedIn Amy Lowell correspondence, 1883-1927 (inclusive), 1910-1925 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University referencedIn Sims, Anne Hitchcock. Note, [n.d.] Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Tracy Barrett Kittredge Papers, 1910-1957 Hoover Institution Archives. referencedIn McNair, Frederick Vallette, 1882-1962. Sims : orders to London, England. Navy Department Library, Naval History & Heritage Command creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Correspondence with Edgar Fahs Smith, 1919-1920. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library referencedIn Thomas T. Craven Papers, 1842-1969, 1917-1945 Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn William Shepherd Benson Papers, circa 1791-1952, (bulk 1915-1928) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress creatorOf William Sowden Sims Papers, 1856-1951, (bulk 1900-1936) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. LIBERTY LOAN DRIVES referencedIn Kittredge, Tracy Barrett. Tracy Barrett Kittredge papers, 1910-1957. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library referencedIn Henry Adams autograph album, 1833-1939. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University referencedIn Craven, Thomas T. (Thomas Tingey), 1873-1950. Thomas T. Craven papers, 1842-1969 (bulk 1917-1945). Library of Congress referencedIn Morison, Anne Sims, 1914-. Memories of a child's life in the president's house at the Naval War College, 1919-1922. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Benson, William Shepherd, 1855-1932. William Shepherd Benson papers, circa 1791-1952 (bulk 1915-1928). Library of Congress creatorOf Sims, William Sowden. Papers in Government 8b, 1934-1935. Harvard University, Archives creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Papers, 1876-1925. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library creatorOf William Sowden Sims papers, Sims (William Sowden) papers, undated Redwood Library and Athenaeum referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. A.E.F. ACTIVITIES IN ENGLAND, 1918 creatorOf Records of Naval Operating Forces. 1849 - 1997. Historical Files referencedIn Land, Emory Scott, 1879-1971. Emory Scott Land papers, 1901-1972. Library of Congress referencedIn Bristol, Mark L. (Mark Lambert), 1868-1939. Mark L. Bristol papers, 1882-1939 (bulk 1919-1939). Library of Congress referencedIn Mustin, Henry Croskey, 1874-1923. Papers of Henry Croskey Mustin, 1886-1924 (bulk 1903-1920). Library of Congress referencedIn Rodgers Family Papers, 1788-1944, (bulk 1820-1930) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn Oral history typescript entitled history of naval war gaming at the Naval War College done by the Naval Historical Collection. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn John Vaughan papers, 1768 - Circa 1936, 1768 - Circa 1936 American Philosophical Society referencedIn Queenstown Association (U.S.). Records of the Queenstown Association, 1913-1980 (bulk 1920-1960). Library of Congress referencedIn Stephen Bleecker Luce Papers, 1799-1955, (bulk 1842-1912) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1871-1940. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University referencedIn Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858. Rodgers family papers, 1788-1944. Library of Congress referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON ENROUTE TO PARIS ... DEC. 4-15, 1918 creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, May 16, 1917. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Dudley Wright Knox Papers, circa 1864-1960, (bulk 1921-1946) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn Baker, George Barr, 1870-1948. George Barr Baker papers, 1919-1932. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives. creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, April 9, 1929. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Simpson, B. Mitchell (Benjamin Mitchell), 1932-. [Unpublished biography of Admiral Harold R. Stark] / by B. Mitchell Simpson, III. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel. 1798 - 2007. Moving Images Relating to Naval Activities. 1942 - 1947. ARMY CAMP AND SOLDIERS referencedIn University of Colorado Medical School Collection. 1918 - 1919. Motion Picture Films. 1918 - 1919. THE U.S. NAVY TORPEDO BOATS referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University creatorOf Records of Naval Operating Forces. 1849 - 1997. World War I Era Cablegrams, Radiograms, and Telegrams referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. RETURN OF THE U.S. FLEET IN DECEMBER 1918 referencedIn Knox, Dudley Wright, 1877-1960. Dudley Wright Knox papers, circa 1864-1950 (bulk 1921-1946). Library of Congress referencedIn Taussig, Joseph K. (Joseph Knefler), 1877-1947. Papers, 1883-1967. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Letter, February 25, 1924. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library creatorOf Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. Navigation journal, 1891-1892, 1896-1897. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library referencedIn Mark L. Bristol Papers, 1882-1939, (bulk 1919-1939) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress referencedIn Roosevelt family. Autographs, 1900-1966. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library Bibliographic Resources RoleTitleHolding Repository Connection Graph Radial Graph Direct Relationships RelationNameassociatedWith Adams, Henry, 1838-1918 person correspondedWith Arnold, W. F. (Will Ford) person correspondedWith Babcock, John V. (John Vincent) person associatedWith Baker, George Barr person associatedWith Baker, George Barr, 1870-1948. person correspondedWith Bayly, Lewis, Sir, 1857-1938 person associatedWith Beal, Boylston Adams, 1865-1944 person associatedWith Beatty, David Beatty, Earl, 1871-1936. person correspondedWith Benson, William Shepherd, 1855-1932. person correspondedWith Bristol, Mark L. (Mark Lambert), 1868-1939. person associatedWith Charleston (Cruiser) corporateBody correspondedWith Craven, Thomas T. (Thomas Tingey), 1873-1950. person correspondedWith Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948. person correspondedWith Edwards, W. Atlee person correspondedWith Fiske, Bradley A. (Bradley Allen), 1854-1942 person correspondedWith Fullam, William F. (William Freeland), 1855-1926 person associatedWith Gibson, James N. person associatedWith Goodrich, Casper F. person associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody associatedWith Herald Tribune. corporateBody associatedWith Hitchcock, Margaret, 1878-1927. person correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody associatedWith Howard, Mary R. person correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person correspondedWith Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886- person associatedWith Kittredge, Tracy B. person associatedWith Kittredge, Tracy Barrett. person correspondedWith Kittredge, Tracy B., b. 1891 person associatedWith Knight, Austin Melvin, 1854-1927. person correspondedWith Knox, Dudley Wright, 1877-1960. person correspondedWith Land, Emory Scott, 1879-1971. person correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person correspondedWith Luce, Stephen Bleecker, 1827-1917 person correspondedWith Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914 person associatedWith McComb, J. Scott. person correspondedWith McLean, Ridley, 1872-1933 person associatedWith McNair, Frederick Vallette, 1882-1962. person associatedWith Morison, Anne Sims, 1914- person associatedWith Mustin, Henry Croskey, 1874-1923. person associatedWith Naval War College (U.S.) corporateBody associatedWith Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918 person correspondedWith Pratt, William Veazie, 1869-1957 person correspondedWith Pringle, Joel Roberts Poinsett, 1873-1932 person associatedWith Queenstown Association (U.S.) corporateBody correspondedWith Queenstown Association (U. S.) Records person correspondedWith Reuterdahl, Henry, 1871-1925 person correspondedWith Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957 person associatedWith Rodgers family family associatedWith Rodman, Hugh, 1859-1940. person associatedWith Roosevelt family. family correspondedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person associatedWith Saratoga (School ship) corporateBody associatedWith Schwartz, Louis. person associatedWith Shepley, Sarah Hitchcock, 1870-1957. person correspondedWith Simms family family correspondedWith Simms family family associatedWith Simpson, B. Mitchell (Benjamin Mitchell), 1932- person associatedWith Sims, Anne, 1914- person associatedWith Sims, Anne Hitchcock, 1875-1960. person associatedWith Taussig, Joseph K. (Joseph Knefler), 1877-1947. person correspondedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923 person associatedWith United States Naval Academy. corporateBody associatedWith United States. Navy. corporateBody associatedWith United States. Navy. China Station. corporateBody associatedWith United States. Navy Department. Bureau of Navigation. corporateBody associatedWith United States. Navy Dept. Bureau of Navigation. corporateBody associatedWith Vaughan, John, 1756-1841 person associatedWith Wall, Bernhardt, 1872-1956. person associatedWith Wells, Edgar Huidekoper, 1875-1938 person associatedWith Wile, Frederic William, 1873-1941. person Place NameAdmin CodeCountry France--Paris Spain--Madrid Russia--Saint Petersburg Europe SubjectBattleships Military attachés--France--Paris World War, 1914-1918--Naval operations, American Naval gunnery World War, 1914-1918 World War, 1914-1918 Europe Sino--Japanese War, 1894-1895 Navigation Military attachés Military attachés--Spain--Madrid Aircraft carriers Military attachés--Russia--Saint Petersburg OccupationNaval officers Function

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Birth 1858-10-15

Death 1936-09-25

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