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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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RHEY BOYD, a lawyer of Paducah, is a son of Hon. Linn Boyd, well known in Kentucky politics, and was born in the city of Paducah, April 14, 1853. His father, Linn Boyd, was a native of Nashville, Tenn., born in 1800; moved to Kentucky in early manhood, and in 1827 was elected to the legislature from Calloway, Graves, Hickman and McCracken Counties; in 1828 and 1829, from Calloway; in 1831, from Trigg County; from 1835 to 1837, served in Congress from the First District; re-elected in 1839, and continued to serve by re-election until 1855, the last four years of which time he was speaker of the House of Representatives. In 1859, he was elected lieutenant-governor of Kentucky on the Democratic ticket, but died before entering the office, at Paducah, December 17, 1859. Rhey Boyd was educated in the schools of Paducah until he was fifteen years of age, when he entered the university of Notre Dame, at South Bend, Ind., where he graduated in the classical course in 1871. He then entered the law office of Judge L. D. Husbands, as a student, and the following year was admitted to the bar. Mr. Boyd is a man of whom the Paducah bar feel justly proud, being regarded by his legal brethren as possessed of more than ordinary ability, and in consequence of his determination to adhere to his profession gives promise of a brilliant record. He wields a political influence which is enjoyed by the Democratic party. He was assistant district elector of his district in the convention of 1876, a member of the Democratic Electoral College of 1884. His mother, who is now a resident of Paducah, is a daughter of James Rhey, of Pennsylvania.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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