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BOYD, Sem-pronius Hamilton, lawyer, born in Williamson County, Tennessee, 28 May, 1828. He received an academy education at Springfield, Maine, after which he studied law. In 1855 he was admitted to the bar and practiced in Springfield, where he became clerk, attorney, and twice mayor. During the civil war he was colonel of the 24th Missouri volunteers, a regiment that he raised, and which was known as the "Lyon Legion." In 1863 he was elected as representative in congress from Missouri. Afterward, restarting his profession, he was appointed judge of the 14th judicial circuit of Missouri. He was a delegate to the Baltimore convention in 1864, and in 1868 elected to congress, serving until 3 March, 1871. Since then he has spent a quiet life in Missouri, devoting his time partly to the practice of his profession and partly to stock raising. He founded the Springfield wagon factory and the first national bank of Springfield.
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