William Floyd

As a Long Island, New York native, of Welsh ancestors, Floyd wanted nothing more than to be left alone to tend his property and family. A conservative by birth and inclination, he was not spoiling for a fight with Great Britain. He spoke out against unconstitutional taxation but kept his own council as New York patriots formed committees of correspondence and Sons of Liberty. As Colonel Floyd of the Long Island Militia, he found that events had overtaken his region and the fight was brought to him by His Majesties forces. He would not be slack in his response.