John G. Floyd

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John G. Floyd, New York Congressman

John Gelston Floyd (February 5, 1806 – October 5, 1881) was a U.S. Representative from New York, grandson of William Floyd.

Born in Mastic near Moriches, Long Island, New York, Floyd attended the common schools, and was graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 1824. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1825, and commenced practice in Utica, New York. He served as clerk and prosecuting attorney of Utica, New York from 1829 to 1833. Founded the Utica Democrat (later the Observer-Dispatch) in 1836. He was appointed judge of Suffolk County.

Floyd was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843). He returned to Mastic, Long Island, about 1842. He was a member of the New York State Senate (1st D.) in 1848 and 1849.

Floyd was elected to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853). He served as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Thirty-second Congress). Joined the Republican Party upon its formation in 1856. He retired from public life. He died in Mastic, Long Island, New York, October 5, 1881. He was interred in the family cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry A. Foster,
Abraham P. Grant
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

1839–1843
with David P. Brewster
Succeeded by
Charles S. Benton
New York State Senate
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
1st District

1848–1849
Succeeded by
William Horace Brown
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Alsop King
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

1851–1853
Succeeded by
James Maurice