| James H. Boyd|
| Marie E. Boyd|
| November 5, 1906
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States (1906-11-05) |
Politician, racketeer, bootlegger, ward boss, soldier, bellhop
US Army, 79th Infantry Division
World War II
April 11, 1974, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal
World War II, Normandy Campaign
James H. Boyd (politician) Wikipedia
James H. “Jimmy” Boyd (November 5, 1906–April 11, 1974) was an Atlantic City politician and crime and political boss, who served under corrupt Atlantic County treasurer Enoch “Nucky” Johnson and New Jersey Senator Frank S. Farley.
James Boyd was born on November 5, 1906 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.
Boyd was working as a bellhop at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel during the time Prohibition went into effect in 1920. But, soon Boyd started to get up to the chain of command in corrupt Atlantic City treasurer and Southern Jersey Irish Mob boss Enoch “Nucky” Johnson's organization.Boyd and Johnson met around the time that Johnson and Charlie Luciano were forming the Big Seven and they took an instant liking to each other; Johnson began grooming Boyd to become the next boss in his organization. He later became Johnson's right-hand man. He oversaw speakeasies, brothels, illegal casinos, and the numbers rackets. Boyd was also Johnson's and future boss Farley's top enforcer.
Boyd was married to Marie E. Boyd.
After Johnson was convicted of tax evasion in 1941, New Jersey State Senator Frank S. Farley took control of Atlantic City's political machine. In order to create a “bridge” between the new and old regimes, Boyd was appointed the overseer of all operations in Atlantic City. He also became the executive chairman of the Fourth Ward Republican Club and assistant clerk and clerk of the Atlantic Board of Freeholders and boss of the fourth ward. Under the regime of Farley, Boyd was known as a vicious man.
Boyd enlisted in the Army during World War II. From 1942 to 1945, Boyd was a soldier in the 79th Infantry Division. He served in the Normandy battles, Northern France campaign, the Rhineland battles, and in Central Europe.
Boyd died in his home on April 11, 1974 of cancer, at the age of 67. Prior to her death in 2006, his wife established the James H. Boyd Memorial Scholarship at the Atlantic Cape Community College, worth $10,000.
One of the main characters in the first two seasons of the HBO show Boardwalk Empire is, to some degree, based on Boyd, portrayed by Michael Pitt. The fictional version of Boyd in the show is named James Darmody, a World War I veteran with a son and a wife. In the show, his father is Louis “Commodore” Kaestner (based on Louis “Commodore” Kuehnle) and his one-time mentor is corrupt Atlantic City treasurer and political boss Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (based on Enoch L. Johnson)).
In the show, Darmody's associates/friends include: Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Al Capone, Johnny Torrio, Richard Harrow, and Mickey Doyle (based on Mickey Duffy).