A Guide to the Simmons (David Andrew) Papers, 1861-1963
David Andrew Simmons (1897–1951) was a lawyer and president of the Texas and American Bar associations. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1919 and in 1921 he married Elizabeth Daggett. Simmons has the distinction of being one of the youngest attorneys to appear before the United States Supreme Court, during a term he served as first assistant attorney general of Texas. Simmons also practiced law in Houston and served as assistant United States attorney.
As president of the Houston-Galveston Bar Association (1931), Simmons founded both the Houston Bar Journal and the District Bar Journal. He also founded and published the Texas Bar Journal during his term as president of the Texas Bar Association, 1937-1938. In 1944, Simmons earned yet another distinction, becoming the youngest president of the American Bar Association. He served as president and member of a number of other committees and associations, and was credited with starting the effort to nominate General Dwight D. Eisenhower for the presidency of the United States. Simmons died in 1951, after also serving as a deacon in the Second Baptist Church at Houston.
"Simmons, David Andrew." Handbook of Texas Online Accessed September 23, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/fsi14.html.
Correspondence, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, certificates, licenses, family records, notes, reports, printed material, and legal papers comprise the David Andrew Simmons Papers, 1861-1963, documenting Simmons's personal life and public career, including his profession as a Houston attorney, his presidency of the Texas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, his membership in the American Judicature Society, and his work with and membership in the American Academy of Political Science. Additionally, the papers pertain to civil defense efforts during World War II, the Civil Judicatory Council, and Simmons’s founding of the Americans for Eisenhower. The papers also show Simmons’s involvement in the Hemisphere House, the Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Selden Society, the Freedoms Foundation, the Houston Bar Association, and the American Law Institute. Furthermore, the papers document Simmons’s involvement in the Lions Club International, the San Francisco (United Nations) Conference, 1945, and the United Nations Committee on International and Comparative Law, 1950.
Also included is correspondence between David Simmons and his wife Elizabeth, as well as correspondence, leases, printed material, and photographs relating to the purchase and restoration of Old Fort Davis, especially its centennial celebration in 1954.
This collection is open for research use.
David Andrew Simmons Papers, 1861-1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection processed by Stephanie Wittenbach, August 1984, and Lawrence Landis, October 1990. Subsequent revisions made by Evan Usler, September 2011.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers