James Edmund Boyd

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James Edmund Boyd
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
In office
July 11, 1900 – August 21, 1935
Appointed byWilliam McKinley
Preceded byHamilton G. Ewart
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
1874-1875
Personal details
Born
James Edmund Boyd

(1845-02-14)February 14, 1845
Alamance County, North Carolina
DiedAugust 21, 1935(1935-08-21) (aged 90)
Greensboro, North Carolina
EducationDavidson College
read law

James Edmund Boyd (February 14, 1845 – August 21, 1935) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Education and career[edit]

Boyd was born in Alamance County, North Carolina,[1] a child of Archibald J. Boyd and Margaret Wetherly Brannock.[2] He served in the American Civil War as a private in the Confederate States Army (13th North Carolina Infantry and 1st North Carolina Cavalry). Boyd attended Davidson College and read law in 1868. He was in private practice of law in North Carolina from 1868 to 1880. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1874 to 1875 and was a delegate to the North Carolina Constitutional Convention in 1875. He was the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1880 to 1885. He was again in private practice of law in North Carolina from 1885 to 1897. He was a United States Assistant Attorney General from 1897 to 1900.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Boyd received a recess appointment from President William McKinley on July 11, 1900, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina vacated by Judge Hamilton G. Ewart. He was nominated to the same position by President McKinley on December 15, 1900. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 9, 1901, and received his commission the same day. On or about October 31, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson certified Boyd involuntarily as disabled in accordance with the act of February 25, 1919, 40 Stat. 1156, which authorized the President to appoint an additional judge for the court and provided that no successor to the judge certified as disabled would be appointed.[3] Judge Edwin Y. Webb was appointed to the additional judgeship authorized by the statute.[3] Boyd continued to render a reduced level of service to the court. His service terminated on August 21, 1935, due to his death in Greensboro, North Carolina.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c James Edmund Boyd at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Prominent People of North Carolina: Brief Biographies of Leading People for Ready Reference Purposes. Asheville, NC: Evening News Pub. Co. 1906. pp. 35–36.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. District Courts for the Districts of North Carolina: Succession Charts - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Hamilton G. Ewart
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
1900–1935
Succeeded by
Seat abolished