Sempronius H. Boyd

Sempronius Hamilton Boyd (* May 28, 1828 in Nashville, Tennessee, † June 22, 1894 in Springfield, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1863 and 1871 he represented two times the state of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1840 Sempronius Boyd came with his parents to Missouri, where the family settled on a farm near Springfield. There he enjoyed a private school education. In 1849 he joined the gold rush and moved to California where he worked as a prospector and teachers. In 1854 he returned to Missouri. Between 1854 and 1856 he was bailiff at the District Court in Greene County. After studying law and his 1856 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Springfield in this profession. In the same year he was elected mayor of Springfield. At the beginning of the civil war, put Boyd on an infantry unit and was a colonel in the army of the Union. Until his election to Congress in Boyd remained in the military.

In the congressional elections of 1862 Boyd was a Unionist in the fourth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Elijah Hise Norton on March 4, 1863. Until March 3, 1865, he was initially able to complete a term in Congress, during which he was chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business. This period was marked by the events of the Civil War. At the time, Boyd joined the Republican Party, whose national board he served 1864-1868. In 1864 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention, was nominated to the President Abraham Lincoln for re-election.

In 1865 was Sempronius Boyd judges in the 14th Judicial District of Missouri. Between 1867 and 1874 he was also involved in the establishment and management of the railway company South West Pacific Railroad. In the elections of 1868 he was elected as a Republican again in the fourth district of his state in Congress, where he Joseph J. Gravely replaced on March 4, 1869 and spent a further term until March 3, 1871. At this time the 15th Amendment was ratified. Boyd was then chairman of the committee that dealt with claims from the American Revolution.

Between 1874 and 1876, led Boyd a car factory. He then practiced as a lawyer. From January 1891 to June 1892, he was a follower of Jacob T. Child American ambassador and consul general in Siam. He died on June 22, 1894 in Springfield.