Boyd directed oil industry’s WW II efforts

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Ralph K. Davies (left), Deputy Petroleum Administrator for war, and William R. Boyd, Jr. (right), Chairman of the Petroleum Industry War Council, carrying telegrams, circa 1942, from the Executive office of the White House regarding the progress of the Rubber Stockpile Drive which they and Secretary Harold Ickes have just exhibited to the President.

Photo from Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum

 William Rufus Boyd, Jr., banker and chairman of the War Council of the Petroleum Industry during World War II, the son of Judge William R. and Lizzie (Self) Boyd, was born in Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas, on January 7, 1885.
He attended Fairfield public schools and after high school was employed as a printer at the Fairfield Recorder.


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