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BOYER, Chauncey Atkinson
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
II, page 212, 1923.
BOYER, CHAUNCEY ATKINSON, junior member of the law firm of Newell & Boyer, of Orlando, Orange
County, is a young man who is here making his influence felt through successful work in his
profession and through liberal and progressive civic sentiments.
Mr. BOYER was born in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 30, 1890, and is a son
of JOHN and MARY ELSIE (LAWRENCE) BOYER, the former of whom was born at Phoenixville, Pennsylvania,
and the latter at Salem, New Jersey. After thirty-five years of successful work as a traveling
salesman for a New York concern, JOHN BOYER came to Florida, and in September, 1921, he established
his residence at Orlando, where he is now financial agent for the Magnolia Hotel Company.
In his career as a traveling salesman Mr. BOYER had made frequent visits to Florida, and after
his son, CHAUNCEY A., of this review, had profited by the advantages of the public schools
of Philadelphia he suggested to the youth that the latter continue his studies in Rollins
College, at Winter Park, Florida, and in this institution CHAUNCEY A. BOYER was graduated
as a member of the class of 1908. Mr. and Mrs. JOHN BOYER are popular residents of Orlando
and are here active in social and church affairs. Of their two children, CHAUNCEY A. is the
elder, and the younger son, JOHN LAWRENCE BOYER, resides at Raleigh, North Carolina, his
vocation being that of traveling commercial salesman and he having the distinction of being
a veteran of the World war, in which he served with the American Expeditionary Forces overseas.
It has already been noted that CHAUNCEY A. BOYER was graduated in Rollins College in 1908,
and the year 1911 further recorded his graduation in the Hermann Physical Institute, in which
institution he served one year as instructor in boxing. From 1911 to 1913 he served as athletic
director at Rollins College, and of this position he was again the popular incumbent in 1919.
Mr. BOYER made a splendid record in athletic circles but was not to be deflected from the
course of his ambition, which was to prepare himself for the legal profession. In 1915 he
received from the law department of the University of Florida the degree of Bachelor of Laws,
and after his admission to the bar he was not long permitted to follow the work of his profession,
which he promptly subordinated to patriotic impulses when the nation became involved in the
World war. In May, 1917, less than one month after the United States entered this great conflict,
he enlisted in the United States Regular Army and was sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, for
preliminary training. There he was graduated in the officers' training school and was given
the rank of captain. In November of the same year he was sent to Camp Gordon, at Atlanta,
Georgia, and one year later he was thence transferred to Camp Jackson, where he remained six
months. He was then sent to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana, where he remained
in service until he received his honorable discharge, in March, 1919.
In 1920 Mr. BOYER established himself in the practice of law at Orlando, where he is associated
with LEIGH G. NEWELL, under the firm name of Newell & Boyer, and where the firm has representative
standing at the bar of Orange County, with a business that is constantly expanding in scope.
At Jacksonville, this state, in June, 1917, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. BOYER to Miss
ESTHER GERRISH, and they have one son, JACK.
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