of goods, and became one of the largest manufacturers and dealers in cotton duck in the country.
was for years a vice-president and trustee of the Medford
Savings Bank, holding that position at the time of his decease.
For years he was a director of the Blackstone
National Bank, Boston
, being president of the bank at the time of its going out of business.
Among the other prominent positions held by Mr. Boynton
may be mentioned: President
of the United States
Cotton Duck Manufacturers' Association, president of the United States
Duck Cotton Dealers' Association, and president of the Russell Mills
was a member of the school board of Boston
for some years while he lived in that city, and when he moved to Medford
he was honored in a like manner.
In 1861 he was a member of the ‘war board of selectmen,’ and chairman of the board in 1862, and to him is largely due the credit Medford
has enjoyed as one of the most loyal communities at that critical time in the history of the nation—that of contributing the first quota of men to join the Union
army, while the last company mustered out of active service was largely composed of Medford
's brave sons.
In 1865 he represented Medford
in the House of Representatives, and in 1885 and 1886 represented the First Middlesex District in the Senate.
was married in Boston
, Oct. 9, 1852, to Mary Chadbourne
Their union was blessed with four children: Mary, wife of L. A. Dodge
, Edward P. Boynton
, Rev. Nehemiah Boynton
(pastor at Detroit, Mich.
), and Elizabeth L. Boynton
The wife and children all survive him.
As has been stated, his home life was a happy and devoted one.
He took a parent's justifiable pride in the development and popularity of his son Nehemiah's ministerial career.
The writer well recalls the pleasure which beamed in every feature of the father's kindly