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Nathaniel BOYDEN

(1796-1873)

BOYDEN, Nathaniel, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Conway, Mass., August 16, 1796; attended the common schools; served in the War of 1812; was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1821; moved to Stokes County, N.C., in 1822; taught school for several years; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the State house of commons in 1838 and 1840; moved to Salisbury, N.C., in 1842 and continued the practice of law; served in the State senate in 1844; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; resumed the practice of law; member of the State constitutional convention of 1865; upon the readmission of North Carolina to representation was elected as a Conservative to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 13, 1868, to March 3, 1869; unsuccessfully contested the election of Francis E. Shober to the Forty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law until elected associate justice of the supreme court of North Carolina in 1872 and served until his death in Salisbury, N.C., November 20, 1873; interment in the Lutheran Cemetery.

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

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