James E. Boyd, Governor

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James Edward Boyd

Birthplace: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: April 30, 1906 (71)
Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Harrison Boyd and Margaret McNiece
Half brother of David Boyd

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About James E. Boyd, Governor


James Edward Boyd (September 9, 1834 – April 30, 1906) was an Irish-born American businessman in pioneer Omaha, Nebraska, and a politician. The founder of Boyd's Packing House, he served as the Mayor of Omaha from 1881 to 1883 and from 1885 to 1887, and as the seventh Governor of the state of Nebraska in 1891 and from 1892 – 1893.

Boyd was born in County Tyrone, Ireland on September 9, 1834. He moved to Belmont County, Ohio, with his family in 1844. His education was in the common schools. As he grew older, he worked as a carpenter and a grocery store clerk. He married Anna Henry on August 22, 1858.


After a move to Omaha, Nebraska Territory, in 1856, he continued to support himself with his carpentry. A member of the Democratic Party, Boyd served in the Nebraska House of Representatives in 1866.

Boyd was mayor of Omaha, Nebraska from 1881 to 1883, and from 1885 to 1887. He was the first Democrat elected as Nebraska's governor and served in that position in 1891, and from 1892 to 1893.

Death and legacy

Boyd died in Omaha, Nebraska on April 30, 1906, and he is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska USA.

Boyd County, Nebraska is named after Boyd.

From 1885 to 1890, Boyd's portrait was painted in Omaha by artist Herbert A. Collins.

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James E. Boyd, Governor's Timeline

September 9, 1834
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
April 30, 1906
Age 71
Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States