John Boyd (Texas politician)

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John Boyd
BornAugust 7, 1796
DiedMay 4, 1873
Occupationsettler, politician, philanthropist
Spouse(s)Elizabeth McLean
RelativesLinn Boyd (brother)

John Boyd (1796–1873) was an American settler and politician. He served as a Congressman for the Republic of Texas and as a member of the Texas State Senate.

Early life[edit]

John Boyd was born on August 7, 1796 in Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2][3] His father was Abraham Boyd and his mother, Nancy Linn.[4] His brother, Linn Boyd, went on to serve as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1851 to 1855.[4]

Career[edit]

By 1835, Boyd settled in Sabine County, Texas with his wife and children.[1][2] He then served in the Texas Revolution.[2]

Boyd served as a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas from 1836 to 1845.[2] In 1845, he moved to Limestone County, Texas, where he staked a claim near the Tehuacana Hills, northwest of Tehuacana.[2]

From 1862 to 1863, Boyd served in the Texas Senate.[2] By then, he had become a secessionist, in favor of the Confederate States of America.[1][2]

Boyd was also a landowner in Nashville.[5] He donated 1,100 acres of land as well as financial assistance for the establishment of Trinity University.[2]

Personal life, death and legacy[edit]

Boyd married Elizabeth McLean.[1] They had nine children, but only three reached adulthood.[1] He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.[2]

Boyd died on May 4, 1873.[1][3] 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.[5] They built a house, Old Central, which was later acquired by Vanderbilt University, on whose campus it still stands today.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942. , pp. 54-55 [1]
  3. ^ a b Legislative Reference Library: Texas Legislators: Past & Present: John Boyd
  4. ^ a b 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
  5. ^ a b c Carey, Bill (April 8, 2002). "Old Central built by former governor who slugged Jefferson Davis". Vanderbilt Register. Retrieved November 5, 2015.