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.
BibliographyHamilton, Holman. Kentuckys Linn Boyd and the Dramatic Days of
Kentucky Historical Society Register 55 (July 1957): 185-95.