ORANGEBURG OUT OF THE PAST

Hugo S. Sims Sr. 1893-1951: Hugo Sims Sr. was a man of great influence on the educational, journalistic, and business world of South Carolina. As a member of the local school board and as editor of The Times and Democrat, he cast a giant shadow on the life of Orangeburg.

Hugo Sims, Sr. was born in 1893 to James Loyal and Georgia Sheridan Sims. He received his education in the Orangeburg City Schools and Wofford College where he graduated in 1913. Afterwards he studied law in the office of Raysor and Summers and then established a law firm with his twin brother Henry.

Mr. Sims was the city attorney for Orangeburg from 1921 until his sudden death in 1951.

At the family owned newspapers he served as the editor of both the Orangeburg Sun and The Times and Democrat. In 1917 he founded and was the editor of Editor’s Copy, a national newspaper syndicate that served over 500 newspapers across the United States and Canada.

Mr. Sims was deeply interested in education and served with distinction on several boards. Among these were the Orangeburg City Schools where he served from 1933-1945, Claflin College, and the joint board for both Columbia College and Wofford College. After the latter two separated their boards, he became the chairman of the board of trustees at Wofford College until his death in 1951.

Hugo Sims married the former Lucile Howell from Orangeburg, and they had three sons, Hugo, Jr., Henry, II, and Edward.

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