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Boynton, Charles Albert (1867–1956)

Paul D. Casdorph Biography Entry

Charles Albert Boynton, Republican party leader and judge, the son of Alpheus S. and Jane Grannis (Cook) Boynton, was born on November 26, 1867, in East Hatley, Quebec, Canada. He received a B.S. degree from Glasgow (Kentucky) Normal University in 1888 and an LL.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1891, the year he was admitted to the State Bar of Texas and began practice in Waco. He married Laura Bassett Young on November 1, 1897; they had three sons. Boynton was a delegate to the Republican national convention of 1900 and in 1904 was chairman of the Texas delegation to the national convention in Chicago. He was appointed a United States district attorney by Theodore Roosevelt in June 1906 to succeed Edwin H. Terrell, of San Antonio, and was reappointed by William H. Taft in 1910. Boynton had supported Taft at the 1908 Republican national convention. He was the Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate against William P. Hobby in 1918. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge appointed Boynton to the federal bench at El Paso, where he served until he retired in 1947. He lived in Dallas from 1947 until his death in 1956. Judge Boynton was an Episcopalian and had been active in Waco civic affairs until his elevation to the bench.

Sam Hanna Acheson, Herbert P. Gambrell, Mary Carter Toomey, and Alex M. Acheson, Jr., Texian Who's Who, Vol. 1 (Dallas: Texian, 1937). Paul D. Casdorph, A History of the Republican Party in Texas, 1865–1965 (Austin: Pemberton Press, 1965). E. W. Winkler, Platforms of Political Parties in Texas (Austin: University of Texas, 1916).


  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Politics and Government
  • Judges
  • Peoples
  • English
  • Religion
  • Protestant Episcopal

Time Periods:

  • Progressive Era
  • Great Depression
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • World War II
  • Texas Post World War II


  • Central Texas
  • Waco
  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas
  • Southwest Texas
  • El Paso

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Paul D. Casdorph, “Boynton, Charles Albert,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994

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