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BOYNTON, Leonard O.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn
III, page 317, 1923.
BOYNTON, LEONARD O. is one of several prominent young professional men of Bartow who gave
active service with the army or navy during the World war. Since leaving the navy Mr. BOYNTON
has qualified for the law and is now engaged in general practice.
He was born at Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky, May 12, 1895, son of J. J. and CARRIE
L. (McGOWEN) BOYNTON. His father was born in Georgia, but spent his early life in Texas,
while the mother is a native of Kentucky and represents an old family of that state.
Sixth in a family of eight children, LENNARD O. BOYNTON was ten years old when his parents
came to Florida, locating at Bartow. His father had registered in the state before and had
acquired some interests in Polk County. On coming to Bartow LENNARD O. BOYNTON entered the
third grade of the public schools, graduated from high school, completed the work of Summerlin
Institute in 1915, and in 1916 entered the University of Florida to pursue his law course.
His studies there were interrupted in 1917 when he enlisted in the navy, and was assigned
to duty on the battleship Minnesota. Mr. BOYNTON was in the navy twenty-seven months, most
of the time as radio electrician. He made several trips across the ocean. After his honorable
discharge he resumed his studies in the University of Florida, graduated LL. B. in June, 1920,
and since then has been practicing law at Bartow, and also looks after some interests as a
citrus grower in Polk County.
Mr. BOYNTON is a member of the Masonic Order. In 1920 he married Miss MEROBA HOOKER, daughter
of J. N. HOOKER, of Bartow. They have one son, LENNARD O. Jr.
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