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Governor Emmet Derby Boyle

Nevada State Historical Marker
      Eight grave sites to the north rests Emmet Derby Boyle (1879-1926), the first native-born Governor of Nevada, serving from 1915 to 1923. Born in Gold Hill, Boyle was also the first graduate of the University of Nevada to become Governor, and at age thirty-five he was the youngest person to hold the highest office of the State.
Boyle was the son of State Senator Edward Dougherty Boyle and Sarah Donoghue Boyle. As Governor, Emmet Boyle is known for his work on Nevada's water laws and for introducing the state's first executive budget. A strong supporter of women's rights, Boyle called the Nevada Legislature into special session in 1920 to ratify the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote.
Emmet Boyle died in Reno on January 3, 1926 and is buried next to his wife Vida McClure Boyle whom he married in 1903.