Charles Miller Floyd
51st Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 3, 1907 – January 7, 1909
Preceded byJohn McLane
Succeeded byHenry B. Quinby
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
1899–1901
Personal details
BornJune 5, 1861
Derry, New Hampshire
DiedFebruary 3, 1923 (aged 61)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican

Charles Miller Floyd (June 5, 1861 – February 3, 1923) was an American merchant, and manufacturer, and Republican politician from Manchester, New Hampshire who served as the 51st governor of New Hampshire from 1907 to 1909.

Biography

Floyd was born in Derry, New Hampshire on June 5, 1861. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy and became a successful businessman, including ownership interests in retail clothing stores, farms, a shoe factory, a furniture making factory, a door and window blind factory, a construction company, banks and commercial real estate.[1]

A Republican, Floyd served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1899 to 1901. He was a member of the state Executive Council from 1905 to 1907.[2]

In 1906 Floyd ran for Governor. He defeated popular novelist Winston Churchill for the Republican nomination, and finished first with a plurality in the general election. In a four-way race which included Socialist and Prohibition candidates, Floyd finished with slightly less than the majority required by the state constitution. The election then moved to the New Hampshire General Court, which chose Floyd.[3]

Floyd's term included: attempts at ethics reform, including the elimination of free railroad passes for state legislators; creation of the state tax commission; and continued construction and improvement of state and local roads as automobiles became more prevalent.[4]

After leaving office Floyd returned to his business interests. He was a Delegate to the 1912 Republican National Convention, was the state's World War I fuel administrator, and chaired the state tax commission from 1921 to 1923.[4]

Floyd died in Manchester on February 3, 1923. He was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.

Derry's Charles M. Floyd Elementary School, which closed in 2006, was named for him.

References

  1. ^ The Granite Monthly: A Magazine of Literature, History and State Progress. J.N. McClintock. 1902. p. 371.
  2. ^ Abbott, Frances Matilda (1919). One Thousand New Hampshire Notables. Rumford printing Company. p. 529.
  3. ^ Sobel, Robert; Raimo, John, eds. (1978). Biographical directory of the governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Vol. 3. Westport, Conn.: Meckler Books. pp. 984–985.
  4. ^ a b "Charles Floyd, A Guide to Likenesses of New Hampshire Officials and Governors on Public Display at the Legislative Office Building and the State House Concord, New Hampshire, to 1998, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources". New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Archived from the original on March 5, 2005.
Party political offices Preceded byJohn McLane Republican nominee for Governor of New Hampshire 1906 Succeeded byHenry B. Quinby Political offices Preceded byJohn McLane Governor of New Hampshire 1907–1909 Succeeded byHenry B. Quinby