WILLIAM GODDIN BOYD
William Goddin Boyd, an ex-president of the Merchants Exchange, of St.
Louis, was born June 22, 1853, in Richmond, Kentucky, son of William W.
and Sophie (Goddin) Boyd. He was reared at Lexington, Kentucky,
attending as a boy the public and private schools of that city, and
afterward for a short time Transylvania University. Quitting school when
he was fifteen years of age he worked for a time in his fathers dry
goods store, and then became bookkeeper and cashier for the grocery firm
of Clark & Bro., of Lexington.
At the beginning of the year 1874, he again became connected with the
wholesale dry goods trade as entry clerk for the firm of Appleton,
Lancaster; Duff, of Lexington, later serving the same house as a
salesman. In 1876 he entered the internal revenue service of the
government under Honorable A. M. Swope, then collector at Lexington for
the Seventh District of Kentucky. Mr. Boyd first served as a clerk in
the collectors office, but was soon made a deputy collector, and placed
in charge of the stamp department of the office. After serving four
years in that capacity a vacancy occurred in the chief deputyship, and
he was promoted to that position, holding it until October 1, 1882, when
he resigned, and came to St. Louis to accept the position of cashier
with the grain commission house of D. R. Francis & Bro.
After coming to St. Louis he was cashier of the firm of D. R. Francis
& Bro., until it was succeeded by the D. R. Francis Bro., Commission
Company, incorporated in 1883. Mr. Boyd then became treasurer of this
corporation, and has since retained that position, becoming well known
to the public through this connection with the conduct and management of
one of the great grain commission houses of the Southwest. In January of
the year 1892 he was elected a director of the Merchants Exchange of St.
Louis, and the year following was elected first vice president of that
Two weeks after the election which placed him in that position, Alonzo
T. Harlow, the president of the Exchange, died, and at a special
election held soon afterward, Mr. Boyd was chosen to the presidency to
serve out the remainder of Mr. Harlows term. December 15, 1875, Mr. Boyd
married, at Lexington, Kentucky, Miss Hallie Francis--daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John B. Francis of that city, and sister of ex-Governor David
R. Francis, of Missouri. She died December 1, 1897, he married, at
Lexington, Kentucky, Mrs. Slaughter Bassett, daughter of Mrs. James
Houston Kinney, of Georgetown, Kentucky.
Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri. Edited By Howard L. Conard.
Vol. I. 1901.