Boynton, Charles Milton (1836–1901)

By: Jeanette H. Flachmeier

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Charles Milton Boynton, teacher and editor, son of William and Harriet (Curtis) Boynton, was born on April 25, 1836, on the St. Francis River near Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He lived for a time in Iowa, Illinois, and Kentucky before he moved to Texas, where he taught school in Rusk and Houston counties before the Civil War. During the war he returned to Kentucky and entered into a mercantile business with his brother at Millersburg, where, on March 12, 1862, he married Sarah Louise Irvin; the couple had three sons and three daughters. Boynton later taught in Carlisle and London, Kentucky, and in Atlanta, Illinois. In August 1875 he moved to Hamilton, Texas, and in January 1877 he and J. S. Sparkman bought the Hamilton Herald, which Boynton eventually owned alone and he continued to edit throughout his life. In 1881 Boynton became assistant to the secretary of the Senate; he was later secretary. He also served as examiner of candidates for admission to the state normal schools for his district. He died at Hamilton on March 8, 1901, and was buried there; his wife died on January 4, 1902. His son, George H. Boynton, took over management of the Hamilton Herald.

Lewis E. Daniell, Texas–The Country and Its Men (Austin?, 1924?). Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]).
  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Peoples
  • English
  • Education

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

Jeanette H. Flachmeier, “Boynton, Charles Milton,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994