July 16, 2019

Senate Decades Series – 1970s Senator Elroy Boyer

A Delegate, a Senator, an Attorney, and a Circuit Court Judge, Elroy Boyer truly lived a life of service to the State of Maryland was a true leader in the Maryland Senate over the 1970s.

Born in Hagerstown, Boyer would gradually make his way to the Eastern Shore moving with his family and attending public schools in both Hagerstown and Baltimore. He’d make his way to the Eastern Shore graduating from Washington College in 1942 and then back to the Western Shore graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1945. He’d be admitted to the Maryland Bar shortly thereafter and would find his way back to the Eastern Shore setting up a law practice in Chestertown.

Always active in his community, Boyer was a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Association along with numerous other community civic associations. He’d also serve at one point or another as the President of the Kent County Bar Association, the Chestertown Lions Club, and the Young Democrats of Maryland.

Boyer’s time with the Young Democrats would foster an interest in politics that would culminate with his pursuit of elected office in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1958. His electoral pursuit would prove successful and he’d serve in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1959-1971 and then the Maryland Senate from 1971-1978. Concurrently, he’d also serve as the town attorney for Rock Hall for 33 years and Betterton for 27 years. He’d ultimately culminate his career in public service with an appointment as a Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit. All in all, he’d serve the public in various capacities for parts of five decades.

In 2008 Boyer passed away at his home in Chestertown at the age of 87. Upon his passing, the Easton Star Democrat interviewed many prominent elected officials asking their thoughts on Boyer. The responses that they received were not unexpected. Former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Clayton Mitchell called Boyer a “fine gentleman” and noted that “he never forgot where he came from.” Former Maryland Delegate Mary Roe Walkup said: “He was a fine person. I think he was just a good decent man.”

Senator Boyer clearly left behind a legacy of dedication to service and justice that provided a steady hand to the Maryland Senate in the 1970s and throughout the rest of his career in public service.