On May 27, 1911, Boynton Beach founder and namesake Nathan Smith Boynton died in Port Huron, Mich. Boynton was a retired Civil War major when he visited Florida with fellow Michiganian William S. Linton, who founded Delray Beach. In 1895 Boynton bought oceanfront land in the area and built the Boynton Hotel, which was torn down in 1925.
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