12 Facts About William Floyd


William Floyd was an American Founding Father, wealthy farmer, and political leader from New York.


William Floyd remained active in politics throughout the Revolutionary Era, served as a major general in the New York State militia, and was elected to the first US Congress in 1789.


William Floyd was the son of Tabitha Floyd and Nicholl Floyd.


William Floyd became a member of the Suffolk County Militia in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War, becoming Major General.


William Floyd was a delegate from New York to the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776.


William Floyd was a member of the New York State Senate from 1777 to 1788.


William Floyd was a presidential elector in 1792, voting for George Washington and George Clinton.


In 1795, William 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.


William Floyd was again a presidential elector in 1800, voting for Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr; and in 1804, voting for Jefferson and George Clinton.


William Floyd was a member of the state senate in 1808.


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


William Floyd died on August 4,1821, and is buried at the Westernville Cemetery in Oneida County.