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Encyclopedia > William Floyd
William Floyd in a 1792 portrait
William Floyd in a 1792 portrait

William Floyd (December 17, 1734 - August 4, 1821), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events January 8 - Premiere of George Frideric Handels opera Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1821 (MDCCCXXI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The United States Declaration of Independence was an act of the Second Continental Congress, adopted on July 4, 1776, which declared that the Thirteen Colonies in North America were Free and Independent States and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to... This article is about the state. ...


He was born in Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, and took over the family farm when his father died. He was a member of the Suffolk County Militia in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War, becoming Major General. He was chosen to represent New York in the First Continental Congress in 1774 - 1776. In 1789 he was elected to the U.S. Congress under the new Constitution as an Anti-Administration candidate and served from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1791. He returned to the New York State Senate in 1808. Brookhaven, New York is a town (county subdivision) in central Suffolk County, New York. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... Suffolk County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ... This article is about military actions only. ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... The First Continental Congress was a body of representatives appointed by the legislatures of twelve North American colonies of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1774. ... Chesma Column in Tsarskoe Selo, commemorating the end of the Russo-Turkish War. ... For other uses, see 1776 (disambiguation). ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Anti-Administration Party is a term used by historians to describe the opponents of the policies of George Washingtons administration — especially Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamiltons financial policies — prior to the formation of the Federalist and Republican Parties; it is also sometimes used to describe the opponents of the... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1789 (MDCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1791 (MDCCXCI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 11-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The New York State Senate is one of two houses in the New York State Legislature and has members each elected to two-year terms. ... Year 1808 (MDCCCVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In honor

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

  • the town of Floyd in Oneida County. General Floyd moved into the present day hamlet of Westernville, Oneida County before his death. His final resting place in the Westernville cemetery is marked with a simple stone plaque.

Among his descendants are cinematographer Floyd Crosby and rock singer David Crosby. A second cousin twice removed was Abraham Lincoln. The William Floyd School District, located in southern Brookhaven, New York, serves the nearby communities of Shirley, Mastic, Mastic Beach, as well as Moriches. ... Brookhaven, New York is a town (county subdivision) in central Suffolk County, New York. ... Suffolk County Road 46 is a major county road in eastern Suffolk County, New York. ... Floyd is a town located in Oneida County, New York. ... Oneida County is a county located in the state of New York. ... Holland Patent High School is a U.S. high school located in Holland Patent, New York, a village in Oneida County, central New York State, about twelve miles northwest of Utica and ten miles east of Rome. ... Floyd Crosby was an academy award winning cinematographer. ... David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation). ...


External links

  • Appleton's Biography edited by Stanley L. Klos
  • Floyd’s biography at U.S. Congress website
  • Biography by Rev. Charles A. Goodrich, 1856
  • Fire Island National Seashore - William Floyd Estate
  • Town of Floyd, NY Official Website
Preceded by
(none)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

1789 - 1791
Succeeded by
Thomas Tredwell
Persondata
NAME Floyd, William
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American statesman
DATE OF BIRTH December 17, 1734
PLACE OF BIRTH Brookhaven, New York
DATE OF DEATH August 4, 1821
PLACE OF DEATH Westernville, New York

  Results from FactBites:
 
Colonial Hall: Biography of William Floyd, Page 1 (514 words)
William Floyd, who was the first delegate from New York that signed the Declaration of Independence, was born on Long Island, on the 17th of December, 1734.
The native powers of Floyd were, however, respectable, and his house being the resort of an extensive circle of connections and acquaintance, which included many intelligent and distinguished families, his mind, by the intercourse which he thus enjoyed with those who were enlightened and improved, became stored with rich and varied knowledge.
Floyd and his family were refugees from their habitation, nor did he, during this long period, derive any benefit from his landed estate.
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