Alan Stephenson Boyd

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Alan Stephenson Boyd
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1st United States Secretary of Transportation
In office
January 16, 1967 – January 20, 1969[1]
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byJohn A. Volpe
Personal details
Born(1922-07-20)July 20, 1922
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
DiedOctober 18, 2020(2020-10-18) (aged 98)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)
Flavil Townsend
(m. 1943; her death 2007)
ChildrenMark Boyd
Alma materUniversity of Florida
University of Virginia
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Air Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II

Alan Stephenson Boyd (July 20, 1922 – October 18, 2020) was an American politician and lawyer. He was the first United States Secretary of Transportation, appointed by Lyndon Johnson in November 1966.

He was appointed to the Civil Aeronautics Board in 1959 by Dwight Eisenhower and promoted to chairman by John F. Kennedy.

When the Richard M. Nixon administration took power, Boyd left the government and became the president of the Illinois Central Railroad, a position he held from 1969 to 1972.[2]

Boyd died at a retirement home in Seattle, Washington on October 18, 2020 at the age of 98.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Today in Florida History for January". Retrieved 2007-08-16.
  2. Stover, John F., Purdue University. "The Management of the Illinois Central Railroad in the 20th Century" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-02-09.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. "Alan S. Boyd, Nation's First Transportation Chief, Dies at 98". New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2020.