John Boyle was born October 28, 1774, near
Tazewell in Botetourt County, Virginia. He was
admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1797 and established
a legal practice in Lancaster, Kentucky,
before entering government service.
In 1800 Boyle participated in the Kentucky
House of Representatives. He served in the U.S.
House of Representatives as a member from
Kentucky from 1803 to 1809 and participated in
the IMPEACHMENT hearings of Justice SAMUEL
CHASE, who was accused but found not guilty of
prejudice in certain rulings.
Boyle presided over the Kentucky Court of
Appeals from 1809 to 1810, acting as chief justice
from 1810 to 1826. In that same year he
became U.S. district judge for Kentucky and
remained in that position until his death January
28, 1835, near Danville, Kentucky.