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L. W. Boynton
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Boynton pictured in The Class Book 1900, Cornell University
Biographical details
Born(1877-08-12)August 12, 1877
Whitney Point, New York
DiedJune 19, 1937(1937-06-19) (aged 59)
Whitney Point, New York
Alma materCornell Law School
Playing career
Position(s)Right tackle
Head coaching record
Overall17–18–4 (football)
1–3 (basketball)

Lawrence William Boynton[1][2] (August 12, 1877 – June 19, 1937) was an American football player, coach, collegiate track and field athlete, and lawyer. He served as the head coach at the University of Kansas in 1900, at Sewanee: The University of the South in 1902, and at Washington University in St. Louis from 1903 to 1904, compiling a career college football record of 17–18–4.

Early life and college career

Boynton was born in Whitney Point, New York on August 12, 1877 to George G. and Eliza Ann (née Boatman) Boynton where he also grew up. He attended Cornell University from 1897 to 1900, graduating with a degree in law. While at Cornell he played on the varsity football team as well as the varsity track & field team. Boynton lettered in track & field in 1899 and 1900 primarily competing in the hammer throw. He had the seventh best throw in the nation in 1900 with a distance of 44.9m in a meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3]

Coaching career


Boynton became the head football coach at the University of Kansas the fall after he graduated from Cornell. He coached the 1900 Kansas Jayhawks football team to a record of 2–5–2 with wins over Ottawa University and the University of South Dakota and ties against Emporia State University and the Missouri.

Later life and death

After he finished coaching at Kansas in 1900 he returned to New York state where Boynton married Grace G. Stanton on September 6, 1902, just 2 months before he would head off to coach at Sewanee.[4] He later worked as a lawyer first in New York state starting in 1905 even though he had already passed the New York Bar exam in 1900, then in Florida for four years starting in 1926, and finally in North Carolina starting in 1929. Boynton died on June 19, 1937, at the home of his parents in Whitney Point, New York.[5] He was buried back in his hometown of Whitney Point, New York in Riverside Cemetery.[6]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kansas Jayhawks (Independent) (1900)
1900 Kansas 2–5–2
Kansas: 2–5–2
Sewanee Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1902)
1902 Sewanee 7–2
Sewanee: 7–2
Washington University (Independent) (1903–1904)
1903 Washington University 4–4–2
1904 Washington University 4–7
Washington University: 8–11–2
Total: 17–18–4
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. Cornell University (1908). Volume 4 of The Ten-year Book of Cornell University. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University. p. 121.,+Lawrence+William%22&dq=%22Boynton,+Lawrence+William%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pWCpUJiOIMa2yAGQuYHICw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=snippet&q=%22Boynton%2C%20Lawrence%20William%22&f=false. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  2. "The New Coach: Sewanee Exceptionally Fortunate in the Matter.". The Sewanee Purple (Sewanee: The University of the South). September 9, 1902. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  3. Michael Nonna. "Top 25 Lists - 1900". Track and Field Statistics. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  4. Schwarz, Julius Caesar (1937). Who's who in Law, Volume 1. J.C. Schwarz. p. 103. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  5. "L. W. Boyton, Widely Known Attorney, Does". Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, New York): p. 15. June 21, 1937.
  6. Paul R (December 1, 2011). "Lawrence Boynton". findagrave entry. Retrieved December 17, 2012.

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