William Floyd

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Founding Fathers
William Floyd
State New York
Religion Christian- Presbyterian [1]
Founding Documents Declaration of Independence,
United States Constitution

William Floyd (December 17, 1734 – August 4, 1821) a founding father of America, a farmer, a General in the Suffolk County Militia, a state Senator, and New York representative to the Continental Congress that signed the Declaration of Independence.

Early life

William was born to a wealthy family on Mastic Neck,[2] Long Island, to Nicholl and Tabitha Smith Floyd.[3] His father died in 1755 when William was a teenager.[4] An education became secondary to the operations of the family farm.

He had several siblings, including Ruth, Charity, and Charles.[5] In 1769, several years after the passing of his father he married Hannah Jones.[6] Before joining congress, he became a soldier in the Suffolk County Militia, attaining the rank of Major General.[7]


In 1774 he was chosen to represent New York in the First Continental Congress where he served until 1776. His property was destroyed in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he purchased land on the Mohawk River. In 1789 he was elected to congress under the new constitution and served as a presidential elector until 1791. William became a state Senator in 1803 and after that term he retired to a life on the farm.[8]


At the age of 87 years old, William died 4 August 1821.