Nathaniel Boyden

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Nathaniel Boyden
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd district
In office
1847–1849
Preceded by Daniel M. Barringer
Succeeded by Joseph P. Caldwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th district
In office
1868–1869
Preceded by James M. Leach
Succeeded by Francis E. Shober
For the soccer player, see Nate Boyden.

Nathaniel Boyden (August 16, 1796 – November 20, 1873) was a U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1847 and 1849 and later between 1868 and 1869.

Born in Conway, Massachusetts in 1796, Boyden attended the common schools and then served in the War of 1812. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1821 and moved to Stokes County, North Carolina in 1822.

After teaching school for several years in North Carolina, Boyden studied law and was admitted to the bar and practiced. In 1838 and 1840, he was elected to terms in the North Carolina House of Commons. In 1842, Boyden moved to Salisbury, North Carolina and continued to practice law. In 1844 he was elected to the North Carolina Senate, and in 1846, voted to a single term in the 30th United States Congress (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849) as a Whig.

Declining to stand for re-election in 1848, Boyden returned to the practice of law. After the American Civil War, he was a delegate to the 1865 North Carolina Constitutional Convention, and, upon the readmission to North Carolina to the union, he was elected as a Conservative (as some North Carolina members of the Democratic Party were calling themselves) to the 40th United States Congress and served from July 13, 1868 to March 3, 1869.

He unsuccessfully contested the election of Francis E. Shober to the 41st United States Congress, and afterwards resumed the practice of law until elected associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1872. He served in that post until his death in Salisbury, on November 20, 1873; he is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Salisbury.

He was married to Jane Caroline Henderson, daughter of Congressman and North Carolina politician Archibald Henderson (1768-1822).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John B. Wells, III (July 1971). "Archibald Henderson Law Office" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Daniel M. Barringer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd congressional district

1847–1849
Succeeded by
Joseph P. Caldwell
Preceded by
James M. Leach
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th congressional district

1868–1869
Succeeded by
Francis E. Shober