Historic Figures

The following historic figures have connections

to Buffalo and Western New York and are the focus of

Buffalo Presidential Center programs and exhibits

 

Millard Fillmore:  Jan. 7, 1800 – March 8, 1874

13th President of the United States

 

Abigail Fillmore:  March 13, 1798 – March 30, 1883

First Lady

 

Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore: October 21, 1813 –

August 11, 1881; second wife of Millard Fillmore

 

S. Grover Cleveland:  March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908

22nd and 24th President of the United States

 

Frances Folsom Cleveland:  July 21, 1864 – October 29, 1947

First Lady; the only Buffalo native to occupy the White House

 

Abraham Lincoln:  February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865

16th President of the United States

 

William McKinley:  January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901

25th President of the United States, assassinated in Buffalo in 1901

 

Theodore Roosevelt:  October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919

26th President of the United States, inaugurated in Buffalo in 1901

 

Shirley A. Chisholm:  November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005

First African-American woman elected to Congress; 7-term Member of Congress; first African-American candidate to seek a major party’s presidential nomination (1972)

 

Belva Ann Lockwood:  October 24, 1830 – May 17, 1917

Suffragist; first female attorney to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; first female presidential candidate (of the National Equal Rights Party, 1884 and 1888)

 

Jack F. Kemp:  July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009

Buffalo Bills championship quarterback; 9-term Member of Congress; Secretary of HUD; 1996 Republican vice presidential nominee

 

William E. Miller:  March 22, 1914 – June 24, 1983

Prosecuting attorney at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials; 7-term Member of Congress; 1964 Republican vice presidential nominee.

 

Barber Conable:  November 2, 1922 – November 30, 2003

New York State Senator; 10-term Member of Congress; President of the World Bank

 

William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan:  January 1, 1883 – February 8, 1959

Recipient of Medal of Honor for service in World War I; U.S. Attorney; New York gubernatorial candidate; director of the World War II Office of Strategic Services and considered the “Father of U.S. Intelligence.

 

Robert H. Jackson:  February 13, 1892 – October 9, 1954

U.S. Attorney General; Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials

 

John G. Roberts:  born January 27, 1955

Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals; currently 17th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court