Eliza Stewart Boyd, ca. 1870

In March 1870 (1833-1912) Boyd became the world's first woman selected for jury duty. The grand jury indicted Andrew Howie for murder; later that month, she and five other women were jurors in his criminal trial. Boyd graduated in 1861 as a teacher and taught school in Pennsylvania before moving to Laramie in 1868. She became the first teacher in Laramie public schools. In 1870, she married Union Pacific machinist Stephen Boyd. 

Resource Identifier
Photo File: Boyd, Eliza Stewart, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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