He Dared to Sign
Of the four New Yorkers who signed the document, his is the only house still standing and open to the public.
Floyd inherited the house and 4,400 acres in 1755. He farmed a variety of crops including wheat, rye, oats, corn, and flax. The Floyds also raised livestock including sheep, cattle, and pigs. Floyd farmed his vast holdings with slaves, indentured servants, and free laborers.
Although he was primarily a farmer he did serve in local politics, and in the early 1770s received a colonel's commission in the Suffolk County Militia. In 1774 he was elected to the 1st and 2nd Continental Congress, where he served until the end of the Revolutionary War.
The Declaration of Independence and its Signers
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