John Covert Boyd was born December 24, 1850, near Bradford Springs, Sumter County, South Carolina. After preparing for college at private schools in Charleston, South Carolina, Boyd spent two years at the University of Virginia from 1869 to 1871.
Boyd began his medical course in his second year at Virginia, then entered the medical department of the University of the City of New York, where he received his M.D. in 1872. Boyd’s father and grandfather were also physicians.
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