James Floyd, first African-American mayor of Princeton Township, dies at 96


Jim Floyd at a fraternity event in 2015.

James Floyd, the first African-American mayor of Princeton Township and a community activist for several decades, died Monday morning. He was 96.

Born in Trenton in 1922, he was the oldest son of John and Adeline Floyd. A 1939 graduate of Trenton Central High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia State College in 1944. He was president of his class and president of his fraternity at West Virginia State, where he also played basketball and graduated magna cum laude.

Floyd worked for Stokes Molded Products in Trenton after he graduated from college. In 1946, he married Princeton native Fannie Reeves and the couple lived on Quarry Street in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood…

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