David A. Boody

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David Augustus Boody
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1891 – October 13, 1891
Preceded byFelix Campbell
Succeeded byAlfred C. Chapin
Personal details
BornAugust 13, 1837 (1837-08-13)
Jackson, Maine
DiedJanuary 20, 1930 (1930-01-21) (aged 92)
Brooklyn, New York
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Alice H. Treat Boody
ProfessionAttorney, banker, stockbroker, railroad president, politician

David Augustus Boody (August 13, 1837 – January 20, 1930) was an American politician and a United States Representative from New York.


Born in a log cabin built by his father in Jackson, Maine, Boody was the son of David and Lucretia Boody, and attended the common schools and Phillips Academy (in Andover, Massachusetts). He studied law with Charles M. Brown in Bangor, Maine,[1] was admitted to the bar in 1860 at Belfast, Maine, and commenced practice in Camden, Maine. He married Alice H. Treat.


Boody moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1862 and engaged in the banking and brokerage business. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Forty-eighth Congress in 1882, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1884 and 1892. He was president of Berkeley Institute in Brooklyn from 1886 to 1922.

Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress, Boody served as United States Representative for the second district of New York and held office from March 4, 1891 until his resignation on October 13, 1891.

Boody was Mayor of the City of Brooklyn in 1892 and 1893, and resumed his former banking and brokerage business. He was President of the Louisiana and Northwestern Railway and Vice-President of the Sprague National Bank.[2] He served as president of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library from 1897 until his death, and was a member of the New York Stock Exchange but retired in 1926.

Death and legacy[edit]

Boody died in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, on January 20, 1930 (age 92 years, 160 days). He is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. David A. Boody Junior High School is named after him in Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn named a fireboat after Boody in 1892.[3] The Brooklyn Fire Department and the FDNY operated her until 1914


  1. ^ Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Jan 2, 1898. p. 77. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ David A. Boody. Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography of the Nineteenth Century. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  3. ^ Clarence E. Meek (July 1954). "Fireboats Through The Years". Retrieved 2015-06-28. The second fireboat of the Brooklyn Department was the DAVID A. BOODY, built in 1892. She was a wooden boat with crews' quarters aboard and was 106 ft, in length with a 23 ft. beam and 7 ft. draught.

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Political offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Felix Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1891 – October 13, 1891
Succeeded by
Alfred C. Chapin
Preceded by
Alfred C. Chapin
Mayor of Brooklyn
1892 – 1893
Succeeded by
Charles A. Schieren