Francis Butler Simkins
American writerDied when: 68 years 56 days (817 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Francis Butler Simkins (December 14, 1897 – February 8, 1966) was a historian and president of the Southern Historical Association.He is best known for his highly praised history of the Reconstruction Era in South Carolina, that gave fair coverage to all sides, and for his widely used textbook The South, Old and New (1947) and his monographs on South Carolina history.
A colorful if eccentric professor at Longwood College in Virginia, Simpkins was a leading progressive in the 1920s and 1930s regarding race relations but became a defender of segregation in the 1950s and 1960s.