Francis Joseph Boyle

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Francis Joseph Boyle (June 14, 1927 – September 11, 2006) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Boyle was in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946. He received a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1952 and was in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1953, and then in Newport, Rhode Island until 1977.

On May 2, 1977, Boyle was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island vacated by Edward William Day. Boyle was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 30, 1977, and received his commission on July 1, 1977. He served as chief judge from 1982 to 1992, assuming senior status on December 1, 1992. Boyle served in that capacity until his death, in 2006, in Newport.

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