BOYD, Linn

BOYD, Linn
Oil on canvas, Stanly Middleton, 1911, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives
1800–1859

Biography

BOYD, Linn, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Nashville, Tenn., November 22, 1800; pursued preparatory studies; moved with his parents to New Design, Trigg County, Ky.; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Calloway County; member of the State house of representatives 1827-1832; returned to Trigg County in 1834; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1837); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Accounts (Thirtieth Congress), Committee on Territories (Thirty-first Congress); Speaker of the House of Representatives (Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses); moved to Paducah, Ky., in 1852; elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1859, but when the senate convened was too ill to preside over its deliberations; died in Paducah, Ky., December 17, 1859; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alben W. Barkley Museum

Paducah, KY
Papers: 1855-1979, 15 cubic feet. Subjects covered in the museum include Linn Boyd.

Filson Club Historical Society

Louisville, KY
Papers: 1800-1859, 3 items. The papers include letters regarding a subscription, Linn Boyd's desire to again be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, and a recommendation for a federal appointment on a commission to establish Texas's state line.
Papers: In the Norvin Green Papers, 1802-1892, 6 cubic feet. Subjects covered in the papers include Linn Boyd. A card index for the papers is available in the repository.

University of Kentucky Libraries

Lexington, KY
Papers: In the Boyd Family Papers, 1830-1915, 1,071 items. The heart of the collection is the group of 93 letters from Linn Boyd to his wife from April 2, 1850 to July 7, 1858. The letters document Linn Boyd's activities in the passage of the Compromise Bill of 1850, his election as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and his presidential prospects in 1852 as well as the prospects of the other leading contenders. Other letters deal with Kentucky politics throughout the 1850s in general and after 1856 in particular, including his attempt to regain a leading position in state politics and also a seat in the United States Senate. Other correspondence deals with the impending crisis and Linn Boyd's land and railroad interests. This group of letters written by Linn Boyd also contains ten letters and broadsides addressed to various political figures and the electorate.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Boyd, Linn. Speech of Mr. Lynn Boyd, of Kentucky, in reply to the Hon. John White. [Washington: N.p., 1844].

------. To the citizens of the First congressional district in the state of Kentucky. [Washington: N.p., 1843].

Hamilton, Holman. "Kentucky's Linn Boyd and the Dramatic Days of 1850." Kentucky Historical Society Register 55 (July 1957): 185-95.

Kentucky. General Assembly. Speeches and proceedings upon the announcement of the death of the Hon. Linn Boyd, in the Senate and House of representatives of Kentucky, Tuesday, December 20, 1859. Frankfort, Ky.: Printed at the Yeoman office, 1860.

Thompson, George Western. Biographical Sketch of Hon. Linn Boyd, of Kentucky, The Present Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1852.

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