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.
BibliographyMaxwell, 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.