Oneida County – Home of William Floyd, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence, the document that declared the United States free of the British crown. Of those delegates to the Continental Congress one of them has his final resting place in Oneida County, New York: General William Floyd.
General Floyd was born on Long Island and served New York in its militia during the Revolution and later as a member of the first congress after the adoption of the constitution. He also ran, unsuccessfully, for the Lieutenant Governorship in 1795.
When Floyd retired from public life, he settled far upstate in the “wild west” of Oneida County near Westernville and is buried there.
Today the Oneida County town of Floyd is named in his honor.