John Floyd (Georgia politician)

John Floyd ( born October 3, 1769 in Beaufort, South Carolina, † June 24, 1839 in Jefferson, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1827 and 1829 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Floyd served an apprenticeship as a carpenter. In 1791 he moved with his father to Georgia, where he worked in boat building. Later, the family built in Camden County on two successful plantations. After his father's death in 1820, the son inherited this large estate, on which mainly cotton and rice were grown. Since 1804 Floyd was also a member of the militia in Camden County. He brought it up to brigadier general. This rank he held during the British - American War. There he served as a member of the state militia of Georgia. He was also used in the fight against the Creek. Because of his military achievements, he was promoted to major general.

After the annexation of Florida to the United States Floyd served as chairman of a three-member Commission, which surveyed the border between the states of Georgia and Florida. Politically, he joined in the 1820s, the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson to. Later he became a member of the Democratic Party, founded by this. Between 1820 and 1827 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Georgia.

In the congressional elections of 1826 Floyd was in the second electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Alfred Cuthbert on March 4, 1827. But until March 3, 1829, he graduated only one term in Congress. This was marked by the fierce debate between supporters and opponents of Andrew Jackson. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, John Floyd moved to his plantation "Bellevue" back. There he died on 24 June 1839. He was married for 12 December 1793 Isabella Maria Hazzard, with whom he had twelve children.