1922 – Boyd was born on the 20th of July in Jacksonville, Florida.
– He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
1948 – He graduated from law school at the University of Virginia.
– He practiced law in Florida, and was on a commission exploring the regulation of the transportation industry.
1959 – He was appointed to the Civil Aeronautics Board in 1959 by Dwight Eisenhower and promoted to chairman by John F. Kennedy.
1965 – He was appointed undersecretary of commerce for transportation by Lyndon Johnson.
– Boyd was part of a committee that lobbied for the creation of the United States Department of Transportation, bringing together many government agencies related to the transportation industry.
1966 – Boyd became the first Secretary of Transportation in November.
1969-1972 – He became the president of the Illinois Central Railroad.
1979 – He became the chairman of Warner Blue & Mahan, a Washington D.C. based consulting firm working on new technology ventures.
1982 – Boyd was later the president of Amtrak until June 20, and the president of Airbus Industries.