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BOYLE, John, a Representative from Kentucky; born at "Castle Woods," Botetourt County, Va., October 28, 1774; moved with his father to Whitleys Station, Ky., in 1779; educated by private tutors and in private schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1797 and commenced practice in Lancaster, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives in 1800; elected as a Republican to the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1809); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives, in January 1804, to conduct the impeachment proceedings against John Pickering, and, in December of the same year, against Samuel Chase; chairman, Committee on Public Land Claims (Ninth and Tenth Congresses); appointed Governor of Illinois Territory in 1809, but declined; judge of the Court of Appeals of Kentucky from April 1809 to April 1810, serving as chief justice from April 1810 to November 8, 1826, when he resigned; United States judge for the district of Kentucky from November 9, 1826, until his death near Danville, Boyle County, Ky., February 28, 1835; interment in Bellevue Cemetery.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Boyle, John. The response of the judges of the Court of Appeals, to the preamble, resolutions and address, proposed by a joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives, for the purpose of removing them from office. [Frankfort?, Ky.: N.p., 1824?].

McMurtrie, Douglas C. John Boyle, first governor of Illinois territory. Chicago: N.p., 1943.

Robertson, George. A biographical sketch of the Hon. John Boyle: in an introductory lecture to the law class of Transylvania, November 7, 1838. Frankfort, Ky.: A. G. Hodges, printer, 1838.

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