Boyd, David French, 1834-1899

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David French Boyd (1834-1899) was an officer in the Confederate Army who for a time was a prisoner of war on a Union boat moored in Alexandria, La. After the war, Boyd was instrumental in the founding of Lousiana State University.

From the guide to the David French Boyd Letter, ., 1864, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Boyd graduated from the University of Virginia in 1856, and later served in the Confederate Army. From 1865 to 1880 he served as President of the Louisiana State University. During 1883-1884 he also served as President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College at Auburn, resigning to return to Louisiana.

From the description of Papers, 1883-1911. (Auburn University). WorldCat record id: 22376074

William T. Sherman was a Union Army General during the Civil War. Sherman was a colleague of the Louisiana educator, David French Boyd. Both taught at Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy at Alexandria, La, where Sherman served as superintendent (1859-1861). After the war, the seminary moved to Baton Rouge, La. Boyd served as a colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. During the Reconstruction, he helped to preserve the seminary and he served as its president (1865-1880, 1884-1886). The seminary was renamed Louisiana State University 1870.

From the description of David French Boyd papers. William T. Sherman letters, 1859-1891. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122505678

David French Boyd joined the faculty of Louisiana State Seminary of Learning at Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1860 under the administration of William T. Sherman. After serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War,he was appointed superintendent, and later president, of the Seminary by Governor J. Madison Wells. Boyd resigned this position in 1880, returning to the University in 1884.

During the interim he held administrative positions at Locust Dale Academy and Alabama State College at Auburn. He was elected president of LSU in 1884, but resigned in 1886 when censured by the Board for moving the campus site to Baton Rouge. He retained his position as Professor of English at LSU until 1888 when he was appointed Superintendent of the Kentucky Military Institute. He again returned to LSU as a Professor of Philosophy and Civics in 1897 where he taught until his death.

Under his administration the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning underwent a transformation and merger to become Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. He is also credited with preserving the institution during the politically and financially difficult years of Reconstruction.

From the description of David French Boyd papers, 1833-1934 (bulk 1860-1899). (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 250670242

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referencedIn Sims, Robert Nicholls, 1870-1944. Robert Nicholls Sims address, 1903. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Fleming, Walter L. (Walter Lynwood), 1874-1932. Walter L. Fleming collection, 1848-1914 (bulk 1860-1890). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Boyd, Leroy Stafford, 1873-. Leroy S. Boyd letter, 1907 Dec. 7. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. Letter : Washington, D.C., to Charles A. Aiken, Schenectady, N.Y., 1871 June 22. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Wright, Jesse D. (Jesse Durastus), 1793-1850. Jesse D. Wright papers, 1831-1899 (bulk 1835-1882). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Boyd, Thomas Duckett, 1854-1932. Thomas Duckett Boyd family papers, 1860-1966 (bulk 1872-1935). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Wright-Boyd family papers, 1812-1914. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf David French Boyd Letter, ., 1864 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Taliaferro, James Govan, 1798-1876. James G. Taliaferro papers, 1861-1870. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Boyd, David French, 1834-1899. David French Boyd papers, 1833-1934 (bulk 1860-1899). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Lockett, Samuel Henry, 1837-1891. Samuel H. Lockett topographical survey, 1872. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Tulane, Paul, 1801-1887. Paul Tulane letter, 1885 July 30. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885 : New Orleans, La.). World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition register, 1885-1886. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Fiser, Jack (John Walter), 1918-1999,. Jack Fiser oral history interview, 1993. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Boyd, David French, 1834-1899. Papers, 1883-1911. Auburn University.
referencedIn Lockett, Samuel Henry, 1837-1891. Samuel H. Lockett manuscript, 1873, 1884. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Clarke, Powhatan. Powhatan Clarke diary, 1862-1863. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Boyd, David French, 1834-1899. David French Boyd letter, 1864 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Featherman, A. (Americus), 1822-. Americus Featherman letter, 1880. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Boyd, David French, 1834-1899. David French Boyd papers. William T. Sherman letters, 1859-1891. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Stone, Chas. P. (Charles Pomeroy), 1824-1887. Charles P. Stone letter, 1876 Mar. 13. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Besch, Everett Dickman, 1924-. Historical chronology of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for the period August 1, 1968 to August 31, 1988 : includes a section on some aspects of the history of Louisiana State University for the period 1870 to December 31, 1967, 1991-1993 (bulk 1991) / by Everett D. Besch. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Boyd, Leroy Stafford, 1873-. Leroy S. Boyd papers, 1806-1936 (bulk 1876-1936). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Louisiana State University System. Office of the President. Louisiana State University photograph collection. Office of the President, 1865-1952. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Boyd, Thomas Jefferson, 1804-1893. Thomas Jefferson Boyd papers, 1805-1939 (bulk 1819-1869). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Martin, W. P. Kentucky Military Institute volumes, 1888-1893. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. Letter : Washington, D.C., to Charles A. Aiken, Schenectady, N.Y., 1871 June 22. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Little family. Liddell family papers, 1850-1869. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.). Louisiana State University diplomas, 1873-1874. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Fleming, Walter L. (Walter Lynwood), 1874-1932. Papers, 1894-1957. Auburn University.
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associatedWith Boyd, Leroy Stafford, 1873- person
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associatedWith Boyd, Thomas Jefferson, 1804-1893. person
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associatedWith Demostherman Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Featherman, A. (Americus), 1822- person
associatedWith Fiser, Jack (John Walter), 1918-1999, person
associatedWith Fleming, Walter L. (Walter Lynwood), 1874-1932. person
associatedWith Kentucky Military Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Ku Klux Klan (19th cent.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Lockett, Samuel Henry, 1837-1891. person
associatedWith Locust Dale Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy. corporateBody
associatedWith Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. corporateBody
associatedWith Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) corporateBody
associatedWith Louisiana State University System. Office of the President. corporateBody
associatedWith Martin, W. P. person
associatedWith Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. person
associatedWith Sims, Robert Nicholls, 1870-1944. person
associatedWith Stone, Chas. P. (Charles Pomeroy), 1824-1887. person
associatedWith Taliaferro, James Govan, 1798-1876. person
associatedWith Tulane, Paul, 1801-1887. person
associatedWith World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885 : New Orleans, La.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wright, Jesse D. (Jesse Durastus), 1793-1850. person
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Louisiana
United States
New Orleans (La.)
Alabama--Auburn
Louisiana
Mississippi River
United States
Louisiana
Alabama
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African Americans
African Americans
College administrators
Universities and colleges
Education, Higher
Jetties
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
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Birth 1834-10-05

Death 1899-05-27

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