Sims, Orland LeCompte (1881–1973)

By: Joe B. Frantz

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: March 2, 2019

Orland LeCompte Sims, rancher, banker, and county judge, was born on September 20, 1881, in Pierce City, Missouri, the son of Dunlap E. and Ella (LeCompte) Sims, who brought him to Concho County, Texas, as a child. He was reared at Paint Rock and San Angelo, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1905 with a degree in civil engineering. He returned as a farmer and rancher to Concho County, where he later served as county commissioner, county judge (1927–35), and member of the Thirty-seventh Texas Legislature (1921). As county commissioner, Sims pioneered the use of tractors and heavy road-building equipment; he also helped form the Texas Good Roads Association. While he was a state representative, he helped draft the bill establishing the State Highway Department (now the Texas Department of Transportation). For many years he was vice president and director of the First State Bank in Paint Rock. Sims served as president of the Tom Green County Historical Society and the Texas Archeological Society. He wrote two books-Gun Toters I Have Known (1967), which recounts exploits of early-day outlaws and peace officers, and Cowpokes, Nesters, and So Forth (1970), which relates his observations of the way the world changed from his boyhood in Paint Rock to later times. Sims was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church and a Mason. He married Josephine Norton of Weatherford on December 27, 1927; they had one son. Sims died on June 8, 1973, and was buried in Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Joe B. Frantz, “Sims, Orland LeCompte,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 2, 2019