John Boyd (Canadian politician)

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John Boyd
John Boyd
Source: Library and Archives Canada
8th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
September 21, 1893 – December 4, 1893
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Earl of Aberdeen
Premier Andrew George Blair
Preceded by Samuel Leonard Tilley
Succeeded by John James Fraser
Personal details
Born (1826-09-28)September 28, 1826
Magherafelt, Ireland
Died December 4, 1893(1893-12-04) (aged 67)
Saint John, New Brunswick
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal-Conservative
Spouse(s) Annie E. Jones (m. 1852)
Occupation businessman
Profession Politician
Religion Protestant

John Boyd (September 28, 1826 – December 4, 1893) was a businessman and the eighth Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick following Canadian confederation.

Born to a Protestant family in Magherafelt, Ireland, Boyd and his younger brother immigrated to New Brunswick with their mother in 1833, two years after the death of his father. He apprenticed at British and Foreign Dry Goods and eventually became a buyer and then, in 1854, full partner in the firm.

Boyd read and travelled widely overseas and became a popular lecturer at home. Politically he was a supporter of Samuel Leonard Tilley and was frequently his campaign manager after 1854 as well as a supporter of Confederation. He was also an advocate of temperance. He was also a supporter of the New Brunswick Common Schools Act of 1871 and its establishment of a non-sectarian school system. He served on the Saint John, New Brunswick school board beginning in 1871, becoming its chairman in 1874.

Boyd was appointed to the Canadian Senate as a Liberal-Conservative (supporter of Sir John A. Macdonald) on February 11, 1880 and then to the position of lieutenant governor of New Brunswick on September 21, 1893 but served only a few months until his death on December 4, 1893.[1]


  1. ^ Wallace, C. M. (1990). "John Boyd". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Retrieved 2009-10-08.