Just over the state line in West Virginia is the grave of physician and politician John Floyd. He was born in Jefferson County, Virginia (now Kentucky), on 24 Apr. 1783. He married Laetitia Preston in 1804 and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1806. After serving in the War of 1812, he was elected to Virginia's General Assembly in 1814. In 1817, he was voted into Congress and remained there until 1829. An advocate of westward expansion, Floyd in 1821 introduced the first bill for organizing the Oregon territory. He served as Virginia's governor from 1830 to 1834. Floyd died in 1837.
Geographic Location: Alleghany County
Physical Description of Location: Covington, VA 24426. Located on Sweet Springs Road, 0.75 miles northeast of the intersection of Sweet Springs Road and Route 311. Marker is on the left when traveling northeast on Sweet Springs Road.
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