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The Honorable Floyd Griffin

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel
Mayor
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gold, Purple
Favorite Food:
Steak, Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Exotic Places, Europe
Favorite Quote:
Winners make it happen.

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1944
Birth Location:
Miledgeville, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel
Mayor
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Gold, Purple
Favorite Food:
Steak, Turkey
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Exotic Places, Europe
Favorite Quote:
Winners make it happen.

Birthplace

Born:
5/24/1944
Birth Location:
Miledgeville
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Biography

Floyd Griffin, retired United States Army Colonel, former Georgia State Senator and current Mayor of Milledgeville, Georgia was born May 24, 1944, in Milledgeville. Griffin holds an A. S. degree in funeral service from Grupton Jones College, a B. S. in building construction from Tuskegee Institute and a Masters degree in contract procurement and management from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

Griffin's twenty-three-year career in the military began in 1967 when Griffin served as a helicopter pilot and flight instructor in Vietnam. He served a tour of duty in Germany also where he was a logistics officer, battalion chief, and director of engineering and housing. From 1984 to 1986, Griffin commanded an engineering battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and from 1986 to 1990, he was assigned to the Pentagon. Retiring from the military as a colonel in 1990, Griffin taught military science at Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University, where he also was the offensive backfield coach for a football team that enjoyed two undefeated seasons and won back-to-back championships.

In 1994, running as a Democrat, Griffin was elected State Senator from the 25th Senatorial District of Georgia and was reelected in 1996. He sacrificed his Senate seat in 1998 to run for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, but lost. Griffin tried again for his old Senate seat in 2000, and was narrowly defeated by the incumbent in the primary election. Not discouraged, Griffin ran for Mayor of Milledgeville, his hometown and won in 2001. An accomplished businessman, Griffin is vice president of Slater Funeral Home in Milledgeville, a Griffin family owned business.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Floyd Griffin describes his parents and their backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Floyd Griffin discusses his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Floyd Griffin shares memories of influential moments in his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Floyd Griffin describes his childhood community of Milledgeville, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Floyd Griffin recalls living conditions, black self-help and celebrations in his close-knit childhood community of Milledgeville
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Floyd Griffin describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Floyd Griffin remembers his elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Floyd Griffin recalls his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Floyd Griffin recollects high school teachers who influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Floyd Griffin lists his high school extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Floyd Griffin explains his decision to attend Tuskegee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Floyd Griffin recounts his college experiences at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Floyd Griffin remembers Tuskegee students' involvement with the civil rights movement in the mid 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Floyd Griffin compares Georgia and Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Floyd Griffin reflects on his experiences at Tuskegee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Floyd Griffin describes his ambiguous feelings about his military career plans during the civil rights movements
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Floyd Griffin briefly discusses Julian Bond
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Floyd Griffin recalls his military career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Floyd Griffin talks about his career choices in the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Floyd Griffin recounts his service in Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Floyd Griffin remembers his Army career after returning from Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Floyd Griffin reminisces about his college football coaching career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Floyd Griffin reflects on his military career and decision to retire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Floyd Griffin reflects on how his military career affected him and the transition to civilian life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Floyd Griffin lists his family members
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Floyd Griffin recalls his campaign for the Georgia state senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Floyd Griffin reflects on his two terms as a Georgia state senator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Floyd Griffin recounts his campaign for mayor of Milledgeville
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Floyd Griffin talks about his priorities as mayor of Milledgeville, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Floyd Griffin describes the history of Milledgeville, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Floyd Griffin discusses his unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor of Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Floyd Griffin talks about his funeral home business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Floyd Griffin explains his famous cowboy boots and cigar
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Floyd Griffin shares his hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Floyd Griffin considers his legacy