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)

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creatorOf 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) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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.
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.
referencedIn Queenstown Association (U.S.) Records, 1913-1980, (bulk 1920-1960) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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.
referencedIn Edgar Huidekoper Wells papers, 1912-1933. Houghton Library.
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.
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 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn William Shepherd Benson Papers, circa 1791-1952, (bulk 1915-1928) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf William Sowden Sims Papers, 1856-1951, (bulk 1900-1936) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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.
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) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1871-1940. Houghton Library.
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) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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.
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) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Roosevelt family. Autographs, 1900-1966. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
France--Paris
Spain--Madrid
Russia--Saint Petersburg
Europe
Subject
Battleships
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
Occupation
Naval officers
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Birth 1858-10-15

Death 1936-09-25

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