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John Boyle

  • Birth 28 Oct 1774 Botetourt County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 28 Feb 1835 Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 19063345

U.S. Congressman, Judge. A native of Virginia, he moved with his family to Kentucky when he was a child. He studied law under the direction of United States Congressman Thomas Davis, was admitted to the bar, and practiced as an attorney in Lancaster, Kentucky. He became a member of the Kentucky legislature in 1800. Elected as a Democratic Republican to represent Kentucky's 2nd District in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1803 to 1809. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1808 and declined an appointment by President James Madison as the Governor of Illinois Territory in 1809. He became a Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals later in 1809. He became Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals the following year until he resigned in 1826 after the Kentucky court system was restructured. He was then appointed by President John Q. Adams as United States Judge for the District of Kentucky and presided over the court from 1826 until his death in 1835. He also briefly taught law as a professor at Transylvania Law School in Lexington. Boyle County, Kentucky was named for him when it was formed in 1842. His son, Jeremiah T. Boyle, was a Civil War Union Brigadier General and a Kentucky politician.

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  • Added: 23 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19063345
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Boyle (28 Oct 1774–28 Feb 1835), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19063345, citing Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .