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FLOYD, William

1734–1821

Biography

FLOYD, William, (grandfather of John Gelston Floyd), a Delegate and a Representative from New York; born in Brookhaven, Long Island, N.Y., December 17, 1734; pursued an academic course; served as major general in the State militia; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776 and 1779-1783; signed the Declaration of Independence; served in the State senate in 1777 and 1778; again served in the State senate 1784-1788; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Second Congress in 1790; moved to Westernville, Oneida County in 1794; unsuccessful candidate for New York lieutenant governor in1795; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1801; again a member of the State senate in 1808; died in Westernville, N.Y., August 4, 1821; interment in Westernville Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Copley Press, Inc.
J. S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1776, 1 page. A receipt from William Floyd acknowledging $400.00 from Colonel Brasher and Thomas Palmer "on account of the sum due to me from the colony of New York."
Papers: 1782, 1 page. A receipt from William Floyd for 145 pounds for services by Major John Davis. The receipt was accepted and signed by Samuel Ellis on behalf of Major Davis's widow.
Papers: 1801, 2 pages. A letter from William Floyd to General John Smith written on February 8, 1801. William Floyd writes "I have my hopes that your house will not be so imprudent as to prevent us from having our President and Vice President..." William Floyd refers to the Federalist attempt to stall balloting between Jefferson and Burr and force a new election.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1780, 1 item. A letter from William Floyd to an unidentified recipient.
Papers: In the Henry A. Willard Papers, ca. 1743-1888, 0.8 linear foot. Persons represented include William Floyd. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1781, 1 item. A letter from William Floyd to Jeremiah Wadsworth written on February 9, 1781. William Floyd Announces a victory of the U.S. troops in the southward.
Papers: 1788, 1 item. A letter from William Floyd to John Taylor written on February 23, 1788. William Floyd invites John Taylor to come to Poughkeepsie on business.
Papers: In the Ford Collection, 1796, 1 item. A letter from William Floyd to Major General Lewis Morris written on January 2, 1796.
Papers: 1809, 1 item. A letter from William Floyd to George Brayton written on May 6, 1809. William Floyd writes concerning personal business.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1816, 1 volume. A daybook kept by an unidentified proprietor of a general store in Western, Oneida County, New York, May-December 1816. It includes numerous accounts with local residents, one of them being William Floyd, the signer of Declaration of Independence.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1777, 1 item. A letter from William Floyd to Jonathan Trumbull written on June 2, 1777. William Floyd writes a letter of introduction for Abraham Woodhull of Suffolk County, who was apparently a relative of Major Nathaniel Woodhull, who had married William Floyd's sister, Ruth.
Papers: 1780, 1 item. A letter from William Floyd to Governor George Clinton written on January 28, 1780. William Floyd writes concerning supplies for the troops in New Jersey, Congress's establishment of a Court of Appeals in all cases of capture and its appointment of commissioners over the Staff department of the Army, a convention of delegates from most of the states to consider a regulation of prizes, and the severity of the winter weather.
Papers: 1782, 1 page. A letter from William Floyd to George Clinton written on December 7, 1782. William Floyd requests that Governor Clinton send money for his expenses as a delegate to the Continental Congress.
Papers: In the A.S.W. Rosenbach's Signers of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1756-1818, 56 items. Other authors include William Floyd.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Maxwell, William Quentin. A Portrait of William Floyd, Long Islander. [Setauket, N.Y.: Privately printed by the] Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 1956.

Torres-Reyes, Ricardo. The William Floyd Estate, Fire Island National Seashore, New York. Denver : Denver Service Center, Historic Preservation Team, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1974.

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