Presidents in Buffalo

1) The Forest Lawn Connection

Millard Fillmore: Resided in Buffalo from 1820-1874.  State Assemblyman (3 terms) 1829-1831; U.S. Congressman (4 terms) 1833-35; 1837-43; State Comptroller 1848; Vice-President to Zachary Taylor 1849-1850; 13th President 1850-1853. He campaigned unsuccessfully for President in 1856, and after was an acclaimed attorney, civic servant and philanthropist until his death in 1874. Buried in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Shirley Chisholm:
Living in Brooklyn, she was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly from 1965 to 1968, sitting in the 175th, 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures. In August 1968, she was elected as the Democratic National Committeewoman from New York State.  With her campaign slogan, "Unbought and Unbossed,” she thus became the first black woman elected to Congress, where she served from 1969-1983.  She was also a 1972 Democratic Hopeful Candidate for President. After leaving Congress, Chisholm made her home in Williamsville, New York and resumed her career in education. She is buried in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.

1-a) The Buffalo Resident-Elected Presidents

Millard Fillmore: Resided in Buffalo from 1820-1874.  State Assemblyman (3 terms) 1829-1831; U.S. Congressman (4 terms) 1833-35; 1837-43; State Comptroller 1848; Vice-President to Zachary Taylor 1849-1850; 13th President 1850-1853. He campaigned unsuccessfully for President in 1856 and after was an acclaimed attorney, civic servant and philanthropist until his death in 1874. Buried in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Grover Cleveland:
  Moved to Buffalo 1857; Passed bar 1859; Erie County Sheriff 1871-73; Buffalo Mayor 1882 ; NYS Governor 1883-85; Elected 22nd President 1885-89; Lost re-election campaign in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison; Elected 24th President 1893-97; Last known visit to Buffalo 10/9/03 to serve as honorary pallbearer for his friend Wilson Bissell.  This was Cleveland’s first visit to Buffalo in “11 or 12 years,” according to the Buffalo Morning Express.  It was also his final visit to Buffalo. Retired to Princeton, NJ in 1897 until his death in 1908.

2) Notable Presidents with Significant Presence in Buffalo **

a) Abraham Lincoln   16th President

Abraham Lincoln 09/25/48 Campaigning and Touring                         
Left Buffalo on Globe Steamer  to Chicago
Fagant, John, The Best of the Bargain: Lincoln in Western New York
Abraham Lincoln 07/24/57 Niagara Falls Traveling w/family
Stayed at Cataract Hotel                     
Fagant, John, The Best of the Bargain: Lincoln in Western New York
Abraham Lincoln 02/16/61 Inaugural Train – 36 hours WNYHP, Spring 2015
Abraham Lincoln 04/27/65    Funeral Train – 15 hours WNYHP, Spring 2015

b) William McKinley  25th President

William McKinley 10/15/92 Address Young GOP Convention Buffalo Evening News
William McKinley 10/25/94 Campaign stop Buffalo, Dunkirk  BHM Research Library
New York Times, 10/2/94
William McKinley 1895  Chautauqua Visit Chautauqua Inst Archives*
William McKinley 08/24/97 Dinner at Ellicott Club BHM Research Library
William McKinley 08/25/97 National GAR Convention BHM Research Library
William McKinley 08/26/97 Led GAR parade in Buffalo;  
visited intended site of Pan-American Exposition
BHM Research Library
William McKinley 09/5-14/01 Pan-American Expo Assassination BHM Research Library

c) Theodore Roosevelt   26th President

Theodore Roosevelt 11/18-19/83 Stayed Tifft House as new Assemblyman Buffalo Express
Theodore Roosevelt 01/26/93

Speech on American citizenship at Liberal Club, as Assemblyman    

BHM Research Library
Theodore Roosevelt 1894 Chautauqua Visit Chautauqua Inst Archives*
Theodore Roosevelt 09/10/95

Speech on Americanism to Liberal Club at 20th Century Club & Music Hall

BHM Research Library
Theodore Roosevelt 09/11/95

Speech on law enforcement at Liberal Club as Police Commissioner

BHM Research Library
Theodore Roosevelt 10/25-26/98 Campaigning for Governor, also in North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls Buffalo Express (photo)
Theodore Roosevelt 05/15/99

Speech on property and the state at the Independent Club

BHM Research Library
Chautauqua Inst Archives*
Theodore Roosevelt 08/16-17/99 Visited N.F. Olcott Beach, Reviewed Pan-Am Grounds Theodore-Roosevelt.com
Theodore Roosevelt 1899 Chautauqua Visit Chautauqua Inst Archives*
Theodore Roosevelt 2/22-23/1900 Spoke at Saturn and 20th Century Club & Broadway Arsenal (now Broadway Barns)  
Theodore Roosevelt 10/31/1900

Campaigning for McKinley (Pres) and himself as V-P at several locations

BHM Research Library
Theodore Roosevelt 02/22/01

Dedicated Span-Am memorial and addressed the DAR

BHM Research Library
Theodore Roosevelt 05/19-24/01 Speech at the opening, Pan-Am Expo and several other sites, including Niagara Falls TR Inaugural Site
Theodore Roosevelt 09/07-09/01

Rushed to Buffalo when McKinley was shot; returned to the Adirondack as McKinley improved           

TR Inaugural Site
Theodore Roosevelt 09/14-16/01

Took oath of office at Ansley Wilcox Mansion after the assassination of William McKinley; funeral ceremonies

TR Inaugural Site
Theodore Roosevelt 1905  Chautauqua Visit Chautauqua Inst Archives*
Theodore Roosevelt 08/25/10 Spoke to Ellicott Club at Ellicott Square Theodore-Roosevelt.com
Theodore Roosevelt 11/01/10

Speech on high cost of living at and Governor Candidate Henry L. Stimson, Broadway Arsenal, Convention Hall

BHM Research Library
Theodore Roosevelt 06/10/13

Speech at Progressive Club, & Elmwood Music Hall

BHM Research Library
Theodore Roosevelt 08/02/15 Visited Buffalo Buffalo Currier

3) Presidents Campaigning in Buffalo **

Woodrow Wilson 09/02/12

Labor Day campaign speeches at Braun’s Park & Lafayette Hotel           

BHM Research Library
Warren Harding 10/21/20 Campaign speech in Buffalo BHM Research Library
Franklin  Roosevelt 10/18/32 As Governor campaign speech in Buffalo A.P. Press photo, BPresi
Franklin  Roosevelt 10/17/36 Federal Court House Dedication BHM Research Library
Franklin  Roosevelt 11/2/40 Campaign speech BHM Research Library
Harry Truman 10/08/48 Campaign speech Eagle Hall

BHM Research Library

Dwight Eisenhower 10/24/52 Auditorium Truman Library, Courier
John F. Kennedy 5/21-22/59 Speech and Meeting Statler Hotel Courier, Buff  Eve News
John F. Kennedy 09/28/60 Auditorium Kennedy Library, B. News
Richard Nixon 05/18/60 Lafayette Hotel, Auditorium, plus Buffalo & its Presidents
Richard Nixon 10/17/60 Polish Union Hall, Memorial Auditorium Am. Presidency Project
Lyndon Johnson 10/15/64 Niagara Square Buffalo Evening News
Richard Nixon 10/7/68 Auditorium Buffalo Evening News
Gerald Ford          10/31/76 Statler-Hilton Am. Presidency Project
Ronald Reagan 10/6/79 Speech at Buffalo Convention Center Buffalo Courier Express
Ronald Reagan 02/26/80 Spoke at Prior Aviation on Primary Day Buffalo Courier Express
Ronald Reagan 09/11/80 Campaign visit with Jack Kemp       Buffalo Evening News
Jimmy Carter 11/20/75 Campaign speech at UB Courier Express
Jimmy Carter 10/1/80 Niagara Falls & Buffalo Buffalo Evening News
Ronald Reagan 09/12/84 D’Youville College Buffalo Evening News
George H. W. Bush 04/13/88 Ellicott Square & Pilot Field Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 03/22/92 Shea's Dem Candidate Primary Forum Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 08/23/92

Chautauqua Visit
Bus Stop Canisius College

John LaFalce Talk
Campaign Button

Bill Clinton 10/3/96 Airport, Chautauqua Visit Buffalo News
Chautauqua Inst Archives*
George W. Bush 03/03/00 Prior Aviation Primary speech Eyewitness and Photo
George W. Bush 04/20/04 Kleinhans Buffalo Evening News

4) Visits As President in Buffalo **

James Monroe 08/09/17 Speech Landon Hotel BHM Research Library
Martin Van Buren 09/02/39 Black Rock, Barracks, Am Hotel Buffalo & its Presidents
Martin Van Buren 09/03/39 Speech Erie County Courthouse Buffalo Commercial Adver
Andrew Johnson 08/08/66

To elect delegates to statewide convention 

BHM Publications 1896
Andrew Johnson 09/03/66 With Gen Grant, spoke Niagara Square Courier, Buffalo & its Presidents
U.S. Grant  08/16/75 Chautauqua Visit Chautauqua Inst Archives*
Benjamin Harrison 09/15/92 Speech at National Rep League Buffalo Evening News
William Howard Taft 04/30/10 Wilcox Mansion and Dinner

Press Photo; Auburn Cit.

Woodrow Wilson 11/12/17

Speech at American Federation of Labor Convention

BHM Research Library
Franklin Roosevelt 10/02/33 Passing through on train BHM Research Library
Franklin Roosevelt 1936 Chautauqua Visit Chautauqua Inst Archives*
Harry Truman 06/13/47 On train to Canada        BHM Research Library
Zachary Taylor 9/3-6/1849  On a steamer in Black Rock, then Niagara Falls  
John Tyler 9/21/51 Visit to Niagara Falls And Tyler Too”  by Robert  Seager p. 357
Harry Truman 10/10/52 Campaigning for Stevenson Press News Photo
Lyndon Johnson  08/19/66 Buffalo Waterfront/Harbor Buffalo News
Jimmy Carter 10/28/78 Prior Aviation Airport Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 01/20/99 Airport Buffalo News
Barack Obama 05/13/10

Tour of Industrial Support Co., Depot St., Buffalo

BHM Research Library
Barack Obama 08/22/13 Speech at University of Buffalo Buffalo News

5) Presidential Visits Before or After Office **

William H. Harrison 10/24-25/13 Banquet at Pomeroy's Tavern Buffalo Gazette
Martin Van Buren 09/1-2/35 As VP, Visited NF and Buffalo Buffalo & its Presidents
Martin Van Buren 09/09/35 Visited Buffalo BHM Research Library
John Q. Adams 07/26/43 Delivered speech BHM Research Library
John Q. Adams 10/28/43

Attended Unitarian Church with Millard Fillmore  

BHM Research Library
John Tyler  9/21/51 Visit to N. Falls, Buffalo Buffalo & its Presidents
James Garfield 1880 Chautauqua Visit

Chautauqua Inst Archives*

U.S. Grant 06/02/66 Suppressing the Fenian Raid BHM Research Library
U.S. Grant 09/03/66  With President Johnson Courier, Express and Advertiser
U.S. Grant 10/28/80 Campaigning for James Garfield Buffalo & its Presidents
U.S. Grant 11/16/83 Business and pleasure trip Buffalo & its Presidents
Wm H Taft 1904 Chautauqua Visit

Chautauqua Inst Archives*

Wm H Taft 01/22/15 Guest of State Bar Association BHM Research Library
Wm H Taft 01/05/17

Guest of honor and principal speaker 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Club

BHM Research Library
Herbert Hoover 11/21/19 Speech at Polish Convention BHM Research Library
Herbert Hoover 01/08/21

Speech at Elmwood Music Hall on starving Belgians

BHM Research Library
Herbert Hoover 06/14/24 Secretary of Commerce / N.F. Power station Buffalo Eve News
Herbert Hoover 10/10/51 Dedication Hoover Middle School Courier Express; B Eve News
Calvin Coolidge 07/11/22 Speech at Ellicott Club BHM Research Library
Herbert Hoover 06/14/24 Secretary of Commerce / N.F. Power Station Buffalo Evening News
Franklin Roosevelt   12/23/11 As State Senator, spoke Saturn Club Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt   02/07/1912 Saturn Club, Harvard Reunion Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt   09/27/14 Ellicott Club Luncheon Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt   08/06/19 Peace Convention talk Old Statler Hotel Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt   10/21/20 Campaigning for VP, same day as Harding Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt        10/20/28 Campaigning for Governor BHM Research Library
Franklin Roosevelt 07/14/29 As Governor, speech and reception Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt 08/27/30 Campaigning for Gov, multiple speeches Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt 10/20/30 Lafayette Hotel Spoke Elmwood Music Buffalo & its Presidents
Harry Truman 04/07/45 As V-P, Press Conf, Masonic Dinner Buffalo & its Presidents
Franklin Roosevelt        1917; 1929 Chautauqua Visit

Chautauqua Inst Archives*

Herbert Hoover 10/10/51 Dedication Hoover Middle School Eyewitness accounts
John F Kennedy 04/30/53 Speech at Ellicott Club as Senator BHM Research Library
Richard Nixon 10/15/56 Campaigning for GOP RE-Elect Buffalo Evening News
Harry Truman 03/26/62

Honorary L.L.D. degree by Canisius College

BHM Research Library
Gerald Ford 1965 Chautauqua Visit

Chautauqua Inst Archives*

Gerald Ford 05/10/74 Fundraising visit Buffalo & its Presidents
George HW Bush 05/29/81

Speech at Genesee Community College, Batavia NY

BHM Research Library
Gerald Ford 09/26/88 Speech at the University at Buffalo Buffalo News
George Bush 04/1988 Campaign speech for father at airport Buffalo & its Presidents
Jimmy Carter 05/04/89 Speech at the University at Buffalo Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 1988; 1991 Chautauqua Visit Chautauqua Inst Archives*
Jimmy Carter  05/04/89 Speech at the University at Buffalo Buffalo News
Jimmy Carter  7/9-11/96 Niagara Falls both sides 50th Wed Anniversary Buffalo News
George HW Bush 09/29/99 Speech at the University at Buffalo Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 11/02/01 Spoke to CSEA union at Buffalo Convention Center

Buffalo News

Bill Clinton 04/10/02 Speech at the University at Buffalo Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 1988; 91 Chautauqua Visits Chautuaqua Inst Archives*
Bill Clinton 05/31/06 Hyatt Hotel NYS Democratic Convention Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 08/27/07

Reception at Babeville during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign       

BHM Research Library
Bill Clinton 01/20/08

Philips Lytle fundraiser for Hillary in One Seneca Tower; rally at Ellicott Square

Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 12/10/08 Guest of Tom Golisano at Sabres Game in HSBC Arena BHM Research Library
Bill Clinton 04/05/16 Campaigned for wife in Cheektowaga Buffalo News
Bill Clinton 04/18/16 Campaigned for wife in Buffalo, Cheektowaga Buffalo News

6) Other Buffalo Notables Visits

Belva Lockwood: American attorney, politician, educator, author and the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court in 1880. She visited the Pan Am Expo on July 12, 1901 and the Buffalo News noted she was no stranger to the city having made the trip from home town, Royalton, many times starting when she was a child. Lockwood was the Equal Rights Party and first woman candidate for President in both 1884 and 1888.

Shirley Chisholm: Living in Brooklyn, she was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly from 1965 to 1968, sitting in the 175th, 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures. In August 1968, she was elected as the Democratic National Committeewoman from New York State.  With her campaign slogan, "Unbought and Unbossed,” she thus became the first black woman elected to Congress, where she served from 1969-1983.  She was also an unsuccessful Democratic Hopeful Candidate for President in 1972. After leaving Congress, Chisholm made her home in Williamsville, New York and resumed her career in education. She is buried in Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Credits and appreciation to CYNTHIA VAN NESS at the Buffalo History Museum's Research Library.
Check this link:
http://buffalohistory.org/Learn/Research-Library/Digitized-Materials.aspx

A special thanks and credits to MARTIN NOWAK, Author of  Buffalo & its Presidents. Visits to Buffalo includes those to the WNY region, like the Chautauqua Institute, Lockport, and Niagara Falls     

Those Presidents NOT KNOWN to have visited Buffalo:  Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Polk, Pierce, Buchanan ( 8 for sure).  Still in question: Hayes and Arthur (2)

*9 Presidents visited nearby Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua County, New York, (T.R., FDR, and Clinton on several occasions).  Thanks to Jon Schmitz, Archivist and Historian at the Chautauqua Institution.

**Does not include Fillmore, Cleveland, McKinley and T. Roosevelt 
This list is in-progress, so contributions with dates and sources are welcomed to bpricesr@aol.com
Information still in question.  Changes made on 4/26/17