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The descendant of Welsh farmers, William Floyd was born December 17, 1734 at Brookhaven, Long Island, New York. His father died when he was young, leaving him a moderate sized farm, but putting an end to his education. As an adult, he embraced the cause of independence, becoming a New York delegate to the first Continental Congress in 1774 and continued as a delegate to the Congress until 1782, in which capacity he was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. After the war, he was appointed major general of the Long Island militia. He married twice and...
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