Marion Speed Boyd

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Marion Speed Boyd (September 12, 1900 – January 9, 1988) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Covington, Tennessee, Boyd received an LL.B. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1921 and entered private practice in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1925 to 1927, and was then an assistant state attorney general of Shelby County, Tennessee until 1935. He served in the Tennessee State Senate in 1935, and was then a Referee in Bankruptcy for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee from 1935 to 1937. He was a judge on the City Court of Memphis from 1937 to 1938, and a state attorney general of Shelby County from 1940 to 1961.

On September 13, 1940, Boyd was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee vacated by John D. Martin. Boyd was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 18, 1940, and received his commission on September 27, 1940. He served as chief judge from 1961 to 1966, assuming senior status on August 1, 1966 and continuing in that capacity until his death, in 1988.