John Boyd (Texas politician)
|Born||August 7, 1796|
|Died||May 4, 1873|
|Occupation||settler, politician, philanthropist|
|Relatives||Linn Boyd (brother)|
John Boyd was born on August 7, 1796 in Nashville, Tennessee. His father was Abraham Boyd and his mother, Nancy Linn. His brother, Linn Boyd, went on to serve as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1851 to 1855.
Boyd served as a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas from 1836 to 1845. In 1845, he moved to Limestone County, Texas, where he staked a claim near the Tehuacana Hills, northwest of Tehuacana.
Personal life, death and legacy
Boyd died on May 4, 1873. After his death, the land he owned in Nashville, Tennessee was inherited by his granddaughter, Rachel Douglas Boyd Smiley, the wife of Senator Henry S. Foote. They built a house, Old Central, which was later acquired by Vanderbilt University, on whose campus it still stands today.
- Cecil Harper, Jr., "BOYD, JOHN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbo59), accessed October 26, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
- Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942. , pp. 54-55 
- Legislative Reference Library: Texas Legislators: Past & Present: John Boyd
- Judge Prestley Kettedge Ewing and Mary Ellen (Williams) Ewing, The Ewing genealogy with cognate branches: a survey of the Ewings and their kin in America
- Carey, Bill (April 8, 2002). "Old Central built by former governor who slugged Jefferson Davis". Vanderbilt Register. Retrieved November 5, 2015.