Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
SIMONDS, William Edgar (1842-1903)

SIMONDS, WILLIAM EDGAR, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Collinsville, town of Canton, Hartford County, Conn., November 24, 1842; attended the public school and Collinsville High School, and was graduated from Connecticut State Normal School at New Britain in 1860; taught school; enlisted as a private in Company A, Twenty-fifth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, August 18, 1862; promoted to sergeant major before being mustered into the United States service; promoted to second lieutenant of Company I of his regiment April 24, 1863; was graduated from Yale Law School in 1865; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hartford, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives in 1883 and 1885, and served as speaker in the latter year; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; United States Commissioner of Patents 1891-1893; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Hartford, Conn., March 14, 1903; interment in Village Cemetery, Collinsville, Conn.

Colorado College
Charles L. Tutt Library
Colorado Springs, CO
Papers: 1862-1863, approximately 144 pages.
A Civil War diary of William Edgar Simonds, Nov. 14, 1862- Oct. 26, 1863.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1891, 1 leaf.
Correspondence between William Edgar Simonds and Henry Charles Lea, 1891.

  • Simonds, William Edgar. About patents. [Bridgeport, Conn.: Standard Print, 1872].
  • ------. The American date book. Hartford, Conn.: The Kama Company, [1902].
  • ------. A condensed treatise on the law of patents for useful inventions. [N. p.], 1893.
  • ------. A digest of patent cases. New York: L. K. Strouse Co., 1888.
  • ------. A digest of Patent Office decisions, 1869-1879. Washington, D. C.: W. H. O. H. Morrison, 1880.
  • ------. The law of design patents containing all reported decisions of the U. S. courts and the Patent Office, in design cases, to A. D. 1874. New York: Baker, Voorhis Co., 1874.
  • ------. Manual of patent law. Hartford: The author, 1874.
  • ------. Practical suggestions on the sale of patents, with forms of assignment, license, contract, power of attorney to sell, rights, . ... Hartford, Conn.: Pub. by the author, 1871.
  • ------. Profit from invention. Being suggestions as to the making of practical improvements in the useful arts, protecting them by letters patent and disposing of the monopoly. Hartford: Acme Company, 1883.
  • ------. A summary of the law of patents for useful inventions: With forms. New York: L.K. Strouse, 1883. Reprint, Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 1995.
  • ------. Wages and the tariff. [Hartford, Conn.: N.p., 1888].
  • ------. Whither. Hartford: Printed for the Author, 1900.