Fact for August 23, 2008

The great city of Buffalo actually boasts numerous presidential connections. Millard Fillmore, the nation’s thirteenth president, was a native son (one of his first homes was around the corner from where I grew up) and served as the first president of the University at Buffalo (the alma mater of yours truly). In addition, Grover Cleveland, the only US president to serve two nonconsecutive terms, was mayor of the city before becoming President. In 1901 President William McKinley was assassinated at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo and Teddy Roosevelt was thus sworn in while at the Expo (the site where McKinley died is now occupied by my – and Tom Fontana and the late Tim Russert’s – high school alma mater, Canisius).

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