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army officer , college president

David French Boyd, American army officer, college president.


Boyd, David French was born on October 5, 1834 in Wytheville, Virginia, United States. Son of Thomas Jefferson and Minerva Anne (French) Boyd.


Graduated from the University Virginia, 1856.


School teacher, Homer and Rocky Mount, Louisiana, 1857-1860. Professor ancient langs. and English, Louisiana State Seminary of Learning, Pineville, 1860-1861. Enlisted as private Company B., 9th Louisiana Volunteers, 1861, sent to Virginia, rose to major in Stonewall Jackson’s corps by 1862, transferred to Trans-Mississippi Department constructed Fort DeRussy on Red River, 1863, captured near Black River, Louisiana, 1864, imprisoned in New Orleans, 1864.

An instigator of law stating that every parish in Louisiana should have 1 or more public schools, one for Negroes, 1 for whites, 1869. Superintendent Louisiana State Seminary, 1865-1870, became president when seminary was renamed Louisiana State University, 1870, instrumental in merger of Louisiana State University and Louisiana Agricultural and Mech. College, 1874; removed from presidency by Louisiana Legislature, 1880, reinstated, 1884, attempted to expand university without operating through board of suprs., resigned as a result, 1885, professor mathematics 1886-1888, professor philosophy, civics, 1897-1899.

Superintendent Kentucky Military Institute, Farmingdale, Kentucky, 1888-1893. Teacher Ohio Military Academy, Germantown, 1893-1894. Professor Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, 1894-1897.


Married Esther Gertrude Wright, October 5, 1865, 8 children.

Thomas Jefferson Boyd

Minerva Anne (French) Boyd

Esther Gertrude Wright