Philander D. Sims

      P. D. Sims, M. D., is a native of Jackson County, Tenn., and one of five children, three of whom are living, born to the marriage of Martin and Nancy (Smith) Sims. They were married in Jackson County, Tenn., and the father has followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He is still living and is eighty-seven years of age. The mother's parents came from Scotland and settled in North Carolina, but later moved to Tennessee. She died in 1851. Our subject was born October 22, 1828, was reared on a farm and educated in Alpine Institute, private school. After taking some private instruction in professional studies be graduated from the medical department of the University of Nashville in 1856. The same year he came to Chattanooga, where he has remained ever since, passing through the several epidemics. He is a member of the county and state medical societies and also of the American Medical Association. He was at one time mayor of Chattanooga. Six children, three of whom are living, were born to his union with Miss Mary Randall in 1857. She was a native of Middle Tennessee, a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and died in 1879. Dr. Sims is also a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a Royal Arch Mason, and has practiced his profession for thirty-one years.
Goodspeed's "History of Tennessee" 1887; Page 994.