Nelson L Boyden


Nelson L Boyden

Barnard, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Death 14 Feb 1923 (aged 86)
Randolph, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Burial Randolph Center, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 101768471 View Source

As written in the "Historical Souvenir of Randolph" by Nickerson & Cox

HON. NELSON LUTHER BOYDEN, the only child of Luther and Hannah (Goff) Boyden. was born in Barnard. Windsor County, Vt., July 19, 1836. The father died in 1842, leaving his wife and young Nelson with no property. As the years rolled on, Nelson became convinced that, to make anything of life, he must have as much education as could be obtained. He attended the district schools of his native town, and in time entered Royalton Academy. Here he supported himself and paid his tuition by teaching, and remained until he was fitted for college, but he was denied the advantage of a college course through lack of means. All his education to that point was obtained by his unaided efforts.

In Februarv, 1861, he removed to Randolph, where he taught in the Orange County Grammar School, as he had before done in Royalton Academy. He continued his teaching in Randolph a part of the time for two years.

In the summer of 1861 he entered the office of Hon. Philander Perrin, as a student, and prosecuted his studies in connection with teaching until the June Term, 1865, of Orange County Court, when he was admitted to the Bar. His whole professional life has been spent in Randolph, where he has practiced the law since his admission

Mr. Boyden has been, from early life, deeply interested in educational matters. He was Superintendent of Schools in Barnard, and again in Randolph from 1858 to 1872. When the old Orange County Grammar School became a State Normal School, Mr. Boyden was a moving spirit in the change

He was made one of the Board of Trustees, which position he has since held continuously, and he has also been and is President of the Board. September 15, 1893, the Normal School building was burned, with the greater part of its contents. The school was at once opened in the old Town House, which had been granted the school by the town, but hardly had work begun when this building also burned, (September 26), with what remained of the school property. Mr. Boyden immediately went to work for the school. He obtained a settlement with the Insurance Companies, and secured the money from them. On the day of the burning of the Town Hall, the rebuilding of the present school building was begun under Mr. Boyden's superintendence, and completed so that the school was opened the first week of February. He gave his whole time to the work; nothing escaped his careful eye, and the result is a monument to his diligence. The school building, built by his efforts, is second to none in the State, and to Mr. Boyden the Normal School owes a debt it can never repay.

Mr. Boyden was Town Clerk of Randolph for twenty-five years. In 1882 he represented Orange County in the Senate, and in 1888-89, he represented Randolph in the General Assembly, and was Chairman of the Committee on Railroads, as well as a member of the Judiciary Committee. For some years he has lived on a farm, and has or had one of the finest herds of Jersey thoroughbreds in the State.

Mr. Boyden married Miss Eleanor Augene Carpenter. There were born to him five children, two of whom, Charles Irving and Florence Louise, survive.

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