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William Floyd

William Floyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1791
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Thomas Tredwell
Personal details
Born (1734-12-17)December 17, 1734
Brookhaven, Long Island
Died August 4, 1821(1821-08-04) (aged 86)
Resting place Westernville Cemetery, Westernville, New York
Political party Democratic-Republican
Religion Presbyterian

William Floyd (December 17, 1734 – August 4, 1821) was an American politician from New York, and a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.


  • Biography 1
  • Namesakes 2
  • Sources 3
  • References 4


William Floyd was born in Brookhaven, New York on Long Island, into a family of English and Welsh origins and took over the family farm when his father died. His great-grandfather Richard Floyd was born in Brecknockshire, Wales in about 1620 and settled in the Province of New York. William Floyd was a member of the Suffolk County Militia in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War, becoming Major General.

He was a delegate from New York in the First Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. He was a member of the New York State Senate (Southern District) from 1777 to 1788.

On July 4, 1787, he was elected an Honorary Member of the New York Society of the Cincinnati.

In March 1789, he was elected to the 1st United States Congress under the new Constitution as an Anti-Administration candidate and served until March 3, 1791.

Floyd was a George Clinton.

Floyd, for whom the town of Floyd, New York is named, became a resident of Oneida County in 1794. He is buried at the Westernville Cemetery in Oneida County.[1]

In 1795, Floyd ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York with Robert Yates on the Democratic-Republican ticket, but they were defeated by Federalists John Jay and Stephen Van Rensselaer.

Floyd was again a presidential elector in George Clinton.

Floyd was again a member of the State Senate (Western District) in 1808.

In 1820, Floyd was again chosen a presidential elector, but did not attend the meeting of the electoral college, and Martin Van Buren was appointed to fill the vacancy.

In the 1820 Census, when Floyd was 86, he had 6 slaves and 2 free black residents lived in his household.[2]

The William Floyd House, the family home, is located in Mastic Beach, is part of Fire Island National Seashore and is open to visitors.[3]


There are several places and institutions named after William Floyd, including:



  1. ^ William Floyd at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Slavery in Oneida County, New York.
  3. ^ Fire Island National Seashore – William Floyd Estate
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 127. 
  5. ^ Town of Floyd, NY Official Website
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Tredwell
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