Boynton, Edwin Curtis (1871–1949)

By: J. L. Clark

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 1, 1995

Edwin Curtis Boynton, minister, son of Julius Nelson and Maria (Irvin) Boynton, was born at Millersburg, Kentucky, on February 6, 1871. The family moved to Hamilton County, Texas, in 1881 and engaged in sheep raising. Boynton attended Add-Ran Christian College at Thorp Spring and returned to Kentucky to study in the College of the Bible of Transylvania University. On December 27, 1891, he delivered his first formal sermon in the Old Cane Ridge Meeting House, which had been the site of a great religious revival in 1801. Boynton began his Texas ministry at Seymour, where he married Alice Lewis on December 26, 1896. Their son, Paul Lewis Boynton, was born during his pastorate at Llano. In March 1899 Boynton became pastor of the First Christian Church at Huntsville and was later the minister at Whitewright and at the University Church of Texas Christian University, located at that time in Waco. He did graduate work at the University of Chicago and held pastorates at Huntsville, at North Dallas Christian Church, and at Belton before entering YMCA work during World War I. Boynton was State Prelate of Knights Templar of Texas, a director of the Huntsville-Walker County Hospital, and a trustee of the Juliette Fowler Homes for Orphans and Aged. After World War I he returned to preach at Huntsville. He was given a Doctor of Divinity Degree by Texas Christian University on June 1, 1936, and was pastor emeritus of the First Christian Church there at the time of his death on February 28, 1949.

Texas Legislature, Senate Journal (Austin, 51st Legislature, 1949). Walker County Genealogical Society and Walker County Historical Commission, Walker County (Dallas, 1986).
  • Religion
  • Christian Church
Time Periods:
  • Progressive Era
  • Great Depression
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • World War II
  • East Texas
  • East Central Texas
  • Huntsville

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

J. L. Clark, “Boynton, Edwin Curtis,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 1, 1995