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politician , Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives

Edwin Thomas Boykin was a North Carolina politician who served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, the North Carolina Senate and as the sixth President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate.


Boykin was born December 27, 1854 in Clinton, North Carolina. His father died when he was a youth and his mother moved to the Durham, North Carolina area.


Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, 1879. (Doctor of Civil Law, Trinity College, Connecticut, 1911. Doctor of Divinity, General Theological Seminary, 1918).

Studied law, Litchfield, Connecticut, 1879-1882. Practiced law, Cohoes and Ithaca, New York, 1882-1886. Instructor mathematics, Rutgers College, 1856-1887.


Boykin married Katie G. Boykin was twice elected the mayor of Clinton, North Carolina. From 1881 to 1882 Boykin was one of two Representatives elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives to represent the fourteenth Senatorial District. From 1883 to 1886 Boykin served in the North Carolina Senate again representing the fourteenth Senatorial District.

On January 7, 1885 Boykin was chosen President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate by his fellow senators. In 1885 Boykin was appointed a Judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the North Carolina Superior Court to finish the term of Judge Allmand A. McKoy who had died. In 1886 Boykin was elected to the judgeship on his own right.

Boykin resigned December 1896 to resume the practice of law. Boykin died suddenly on August 27, 1898 after "a stroke of apoplexy". He was buried in Raleigh the next day.


  • Other Work

    • American Church Law, 1898, 1911. Diocesan Manual, 1910, 1923. Annotation and Exposition of Constitution and Canons of General Convention, 1924.


Married Elizabeth Craig Fielding, December 4, 1889.

Edwin White

Laura (Whedon) White

Elizabeth Craig Fielding