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BOYD, Andrew Hunter Holmes, clergyman, born in Boydsville, Virginia, in 1814; died there, 16 December, 1865. He was graduated at Jefferson College in 1830, studied theology in Scotland, was ordained by the presbytery of Winchester, and passed his life in the pastorate of the Presbyterian church in that section. He was connected with the new-school Presbyterian body until 1859; but at the session of the general assembly at Cleveland, in that year, the discussion of the slavery question developed irreconcilable differences, and Dr. Boyd, with other commissioners from the slave-holding states, seceded from the assembly and organized the "United Synod of the Presbyterian Church," composed of those presbyteries in the slave-holding states which had belonged to the new-school general assembly, but were dissatisfied with its course on the subject of slavery. At the beginning of the war he took decided ground in favor of secession, but Was far less bitter in his hostility to the north than most of the clergy of that section.
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