Eldred Simkins

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Eldred Simkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th district
In office
January 24, 1818 – March 3, 1821
Preceded byJohn C. Calhoun
Succeeded byGeorge McDuffie
25th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
December 10, 1812 – December 10, 1814
GovernorJoseph Alston
Preceded bySamuel Farrow
Succeeded byRobert Creswell
Member of the South Carolina Senate
In office
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1779-08-30)August 30, 1779
Edgefield, South Carolina
DiedNovember 17, 1831(1831-11-17) (aged 52)
Edgefield, South Carolina
Resting placeEdgefield, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Alma materSouth Carolina College
Litchfield Law School

Eldred Simkins (August 30, 1779 – November 17, 1831) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Born in Edgefield, South Carolina, Simkins attended Moses Waddel's academy at Willington, Abbeville District, South Carolina, and graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia. He attended Litchfield (Connecticut) Law School for three years. He was admitted to the bar in 1805 and commenced practice in Edgefield, South Carolina, in 1806. He served as member of the State house of representatives. He served in the State senate 1810–1812 and then as the 25th Lieutenant Governor of the State 1812–1814.

Simkins was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John C. Calhoun. He was reelected to the Sixteenth Congress and served from January 24, 1818, to March 3, 1821. He served as chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures (Sixteenth Congress). He declined to be a candidate for renomination. He was again a member of the State house of representatives from 1828 to 1829. He resumed the practice of his profession and also engaged in planting. He died in Edgefield, South Carolina, November 17, 1831. He was interred in Cedar Fields, the family burial ground, near Edgefield, South Carolina.


  • United States Congress. "Eldred Simkins (id: S000414)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Farrow
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Robert Creswell
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John C. Calhoun
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
George McDuffie