Boyd, John Hardgrove was born on January 19, 1861 in Jackson, Mississippi, United States. Son of James Hervey and Eliza (Morehead) Boyd.
Bachelor of Arts, Southwestern Presbyterian U., Clarksville, Tennessee, 1883. Graduate Princeton Theological Seminary, 1886, special student in philosophy under President McCosh. (Doctor of Divinity, Davidson, 1894).
Ordained Presbyterian ministry, 1886. Pastor Durant and Winona, Mississippi, 1886-1889, Lauderdale St. Church, Memphis, Tennessee, 1889-1893, Second Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1893-1895, First Church, Evanston, Illinois, 1895-1908, First Church, Detroit, 1908-1911, First Church, Portland, Oregon, 1911-1919. Professor homiletics, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago.