CHARLES M. FLOYD, the sixtieth governor of New Hampshire, was born in Derry, New Hampshire on June 5, 1861. His education was attained at the Pinkerton Academy. Floyd became a successful businessman with holdings in retail sales, as well as in the banking and commodities industries. He first entered politics as a member of the New Hampshire State Senate, a position held from 1899 to 1901. He also served as a member of the Executive Council from 1905 to 1907. Floyd next secured the 1906 Republican gubernatorial nomination. After a close popular election, the legislature named Floyd the official governor. During his tenure, a state tax commission was initiated; prison reform measures were enacted; state roads continued to progress; and free legislative railroad passes were eliminated. After completing his term, Floyd presided over the 1912 Republican National Convention. He also served during World War I as the state fuel administrator; and chaired the state tax commission from 1921 to 1923. Governor Charles M. Floyd passed away on February 3, 1923 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.