There are more presidential ties to Buffalo, New York than you would think!

You may know the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s inauguration. He served as the Vice President, under President William McKinley, and Roosevelt happened to be on a camping trip in the Adirondacks when he heard the news that McKinley had been assassinated. Later that day, President Roosevelt headed to Buffalo to take the oath as the 26th President of the United States in the library of Ansley Wilcox’s house. 

But did you know that one president called Buffalo his home? And when he passed, he was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery

Forest Lawn is a historic cemetery, with a handful of notable people that have been laid to rest, including the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore. 

Fillmore was born in Moravia, New York, a town located just southwest of Syracuse. In the 1820s, he taught school in East Aurora, moving to Buffalo after a year to continue his study of law. 

And you may not know this, but Fillmore ended up playing a huge part in the founding of what is now the University of Buffalo, becoming its first chancellor in 1846. 

It’s clear that Buffalo was a major part of Millard Fillmore’s life, and it’s fascinating to think that our city has so much history to it. 

Many other celebrities have been laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery, including First Lady Abigail Fillmore, famous singer Rick James, and many previous mayors of Buffalo. 

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