Charles M. Floyd
|Charles Miller Floyd|
|51st Governor of New Hampshire|
January 3, 1907 – January 7, 1909
|Preceded by||John McLane|
|Succeeded by||Henry B. Quinby|
|Born||June 5, 1861
Derry, New Hampshire
|Died||February 3, 1923 (aged 61)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Charles Miller Floyd (June 5, 1861 – February 3, 1923) was an American merchant, and manufacturer, and Republican politician from Manchester, New Hampshire who served two years as Governor of New Hampshire.
Floyd was born in Derry, New Hampshire on June 5, 1861. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy and became a successful businessman, including ownership interests in retail clothing stores, farms, a shoe factory, a furniture making factory, a door and window blind factory, a construction company, banks and commercial real estate.
In 1906 Floyd ran for Governor. He defeated popular novelist Winston Churchill for the Republican nomination, and finished first with a plurality in the general election. In a four-way race which included Socialist and Prohibition candidates, Floyd finished with slightly less than the majority required by the state constitution. The election then moved to the New Hampshire General Court, which chose Floyd.
Floyd's term included: attempts at ethics reform, including the elimination of free railroad passes for state legislators; creation of the state tax commission; and continued construction and improvement of state and local roads as automobiles became more prevalent.
After leaving office Floyd returned to his business interests. He was a Delegate to the 1912 Republican National Convention, was the state's World War I fuel administrator, and chaired the state tax commission from 1921 to 1923.
Floyd died in Manchester on February 3, 1923. He was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.
Derry's Charles M. Floyd Elementary School, which closed in 2006, was named for him.
- Floyd at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
- Charles M. Floyd at National Governors Association
|Governor of New Hampshire
Henry B. Quinby
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