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Boyd, Robert

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Boyd, Robert
March 06, 2007 05:44PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B,
Laurel County

Judge Robert Boyd was born in Whitley County, KY, December 11, 1833. His
ancestors, who are traced back to Scotland, came to America at an early date
and first settled in Virginia, but afterward moved to Whitley County, KY, of
which State his parents, Samuel and Mary A. (Sears) Boyd, are natives.
Samuel Boyd was a farmer by occupation, and was one of the most reliable and
enterprising men of his day and community; he served in the war of 1812.
Judge Robert Boyd was the sixth in a family of seven children; he was
brought up in Whitley County, and in early life attended the common schools,
but finished his education at Centre College, Danville, KY. In 1855 he
commenced reading law with Judge Green Adams, of Barboursville, KY, but in
1856 Mr. Boyd was elected circuit court clerk of Whitley County, and in
1858, during his term of office, was admitted to the bar. His term of
office expired in 1862, and the following year he located in London, Laurel
County, and began the practice of his profession, which he successfully
continued until 1867, when he was elected to the State Senate from the
Thirty-eighty Senatorial District, being re-elected in 1871. In 1875 he was
the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, making an active race, and
the following year he was a delegate to the National Convention at
Cincinnati, O., being a candidate the same year for Congress from the Ninth
Congressional District, but was defeated by a small majority. In 1884 he
was a delegate to the National Convention at Chicago from the Eight
District. In 1886 he was elected Circuit Judge of the Fifteenth Judicial
District, of which office he is the present incumbent. He has been one of
the most substantial practitioners of the legal profession in eastern
Kentucky, both professionally and financially, being popular socially. His
political preference has always been with the Republican party, for which
party he has been an earnest worker. He has never married, but to all
appearances is as happy as those who have a home blessed with wife and children.

Boyd Sears Adams
Scotland OH
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