Jeremiah Boyle

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Jeremiah Boyle was born in Mercer County, Kentucky (which is now know as Boyle County) in 1838. He went to college for law at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and became a very skilled lawyer. He was also a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1849, where he expressed that there should be a gradual cease to slavery. When the Civil War broke loose, he rallied up a brigade of infantry for the union army. He than became the brigader general on November, 19 1861. He than joined forces with Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio and fought in the battle of Shiloh, which was a victory. Boyle continued to work his way up in the government, but then resigned due to the death of his son who was killed in the battle of Marion. He then became interested in railway systems where he returned home to work on some of the first transportation systems that moved large amounts of people.

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"Jeremiah Boyle" Widipedia. <> 17 May 2009

Online Sources:

"Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887 Boyle Co." Web Archive.< ybiog/boyle/boyle.jt.txt> 17 May 2009