Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
BOYER, Lewis Leonard (1886-1944)

BOYER, LEWIS LEONARD, a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm near Richfield, Richfield Township, Adams County, Ill., May 19, 1886; attended the rural schools; taught school at Douglas, Franklin, Pin Oak, and Liberty, Ill., 1904-1915, and, while teaching, studied civil engineering; moved to Quincy, Ill., in 1915 and engaged in engineering as county superintendent of highways of Adams County, Ill., from March 1915 until December 1936; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for the State senate in 1940 and 1942; died in Quincy, Ill., March 12, 1944; interment in Xander Cemetery, Liberty, Ill.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1937-1938, 1 volume.
The scrapbook of Lewis Boyer includes programs for celebratory events held for the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt in 1937. The scrapbook contains tickets and menus for Democratic dinner parties; invitations to foreign embassies including Cuba, USSR and Great Britain; numerous calling cards from senators, representatives and foreign dignitaries; notes to Mrs. Boyer regarding teas and meetings for Democratic Party wives; a thank you note signed by Eleanor Roosevelt regarding her trip to Quincy, Ill.; news clippings mostly pertaining to Lewis Boyer's election and their son's wedding.