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Thomas Alexander BOYD

(1830-1897)

BOYD, Thomas Alexander, a Representative from Illinois; born near Bedford, Adams County, Pa., June 25, 1830; attended the public schools; was graduated from Marshall College, Mercersburg, Pa., in 1848; studied law in Chambersburg, Pa.; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bedford, Pa.; moved to Lewistown, Ill., in 1856 and engaged in the practice of law until 1861; during the Civil War enlisted in the Seventeenth Regiment, Illinois Infantry, in 1861 and obtained the commission of captain; member of the State senate in 1866 and was reelected in 1870; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; resumed the practice of law; died in Lewistown, Fulton County, Ill., May 28, 1897; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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