George Rogers Clark Floyd

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George Rogers Clark Floyd
Secretary of Wisconsin Territory
In office
1843–1846
West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1872–1873
Personal details
Born (1810-09-13)September 13, 1810
Christiansburg, Virginia
Died May 7, 1895(1895-05-07)
Logan County, West Virginia
Spouse(s) Ellen Mead
Occupation Farmer and businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

George Rogers Clark Floyd (September 13, 1810 – May 7, 1895)[1] was a West Virginia politician and businessman. He served as the Secretary of Wisconsin Territory from 1843 to 1846, and served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1872 to 1873.

Biography[edit]

Family and early life[edit]

Floyd was born in Christiansburg, Virginia, son of former Virginia Governor John Floyd and Lelitia (Preston).[2] Floyd was the brother of Virginia Governor John B. Floyd. He married Ellen Mead and they had eight children, of which were:

  • John B. Floyd (November 13, 1854 – April 15, 1935) represented Logan County, West Virginia in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1881, and the West Virginia Senate 1883-1885, and again in the House of Delegates in 1893.[3]

Career[edit]

President John Tyler appointed Floyd as Secretary of the Wisconsin Territory on October 30, 1843, and served in this capacity until February 24, 1846, when a successor was appointed.[4][5] He continued to live in Dane County, Wisconsin and served as colonel of the Dane County militia from 1846 to 1847.[4] He returned to Wythe County, Virginia where he became a farmer.[4] He operated a coal and salt property in Warfield, Kentucky, but the business did not do well. Augustus C. Dodge, of Iowa brought forward a joint resolution in the United States Senate on July 12, 1852 for the "relief of George R. C. Floyd, late Secretary of Wisconsin Territory, and sureties..." It was referred to the Committee on Finance.[6] It passed the Senate, for on July 27, 1852 it was presented to the United States House of Representatives.[7] He sold his property to his brother John B. Floyd on March 3, 1857 and moved to Logan County, West Virginia to look after some mineral and timber property he had an interest in.[4][8] In 1873, he was elected as a delegate to the West Virginia House of Delegates, serving in the 1872 and 1873 sessions.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 'The New York Freeman's Journal and Catholic Register', June 8, 1895, obituary of George Rogers Clark Floyd
  2. ^ Ambler, Charles Henry The Life and Diary of John Floyd page 81
  3. ^ Dorman, 294
  4. ^ a b c d e Dorman, 292-293
  5. ^ History of Wisconsin - Chapter 2 - Wisconsin as a Territory
  6. ^ "A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875". American Memory. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 
  7. ^ "A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875". American Memory. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 
  8. ^ For sale of property "CS General John B. Floyd and the Warfield Saltworks". Retrieved 2006-09-14. 

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Field
Secretary of Wisconsin Territory
1843–1846
Succeeded by
John Catlin