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Presidential Visits to Buffalo:

A List

For Grover Cleveland, we list only visits from 1882 and after, when he left Buffalo to serve as Governor of New York.   Here is a map of Buffalo sites associated with Cleveland.

We omitted Millard Fillmore because he lived here before and after his presidency.

Special thanks to John Edens of the University at Buffalo Archives for providing several dates.  Did we miss one?  Please let us know and supply a source if possible.

KEY:

Dates read as YYYY/MM/DD or YYYY/MM

🔺 = Visit was before his election to the presidency

 = Visit was after he left office

Date

President

Notes

Sources

🔺 1814/10/24

Harrison, William Henry

Arrived at Buffalo with 1300 troops during the War of 1812

Messages and letters of William Henry Harrison, Vol. 2, p. xxxii

Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1922

1817/08/09

Monroe, James

First genuine presidential visit to Buffalo. Delivered speech at Landon's Hotel, later known as the Mansion House.

F 127 .E6 S6 1976, v.1 p. 180

Smith, H. Perry, ed.

History of the City of Buffalo

Syracuse, NY: D. Mason, 1884

Buffalo Gazette, Aug. 12, 1817

🔺 1835/09/09

Van Buren, Martin

Visited Buffalo

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Sept. 9, 1835, p. 1

1839/09/03

Van Buren, Martin

Speech at Erie County Courthouse and possibly dedication of Poinsett Barracks (now the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site)

Extra Globe, v. 5 no. 20, Sept. 18, 1839, p. 307

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Sept. 3, 1839

 1843/07/26

Adams, John Quincy

Delivered speech

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, July 27, 1843

 1843/10/29

Adams, John Quincy

Attended Unitarian Church with Millard Fillmore

F 116 .B83 P86 v. XI, pp. 190-191

Millard Fillmore Papers, v. 2

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Historical Society, 1907

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, Oct. 30, 1843, p. 2

🔺 1848/10/01

Lincoln, Abraham

Traveled from Albany to Buffalo by rail, then boarded a steamer to Chicago

Fagant, John

The Best of the Bargain: Lincoln in Western New York, p.8

AuthorHouse, 2010

🔺 1851/10/31

Garfield, James

Visited former pupils in Williamsville, left Buffalo on a steamer to Detroit

Fuller, Corydon E.

Reminiscences of James A. Garfield  p. 169

Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing Co, 1887

🔺 1856/8

Garfield, James

Passed through Buffalo on way home from Williams College commencement

Fuller, Corydon E.

Reminiscences of James A. Garfield, p. 237

Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing Co., 1887

🔺 1857/07/25

Lincoln, Abraham

Toured Niagara Falls

Mr. Lincoln and New York

www.mrlincolnandnewyork.org/

1861/02/16

Lincoln, Abraham

Speech at the American Hotel

Mr. Lincoln and New York

www.mrlincolnandnewyork.org/

1865/04/27

Lincoln, Abraham

Lincoln’s body lies in state at St. James Hall

Buffalo History Works

www.buffalohistoryworks.com/lincoln/funeral-train.htm

🔺 1866/06/02

Grant, Ulysses

Suppressing the Fenian Raid

Allen, Stephen Merrill

Memorial life of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, p. 41

Boston, MA: The author, 1889

Conant,, Charles Arthur

History of Buffalo, p. 84

Progress of the Empire State Company, 1913

1866/08/08

Johnson, Andrew

To elect delegates to statewide convention

Johnson, Andrew

The Papers of Andrew Johnson, vol. 11: August 1866 to January 1867

Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1994

F 116 .B83 P86 v. IV, p. 343

Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Historical Society, 1896

🔺 1883/01/26

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech on American citizenship

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

🔺 1883/06/20

Cleveland, Grover

Visited Buffalo

Jamestown Evening Journal, June 21, 1883, p.1

🔺 1883/08/11

Cleveland, Grover

Visited Buffalo for a hunting & fishing visit

Buffalo Daily Courier, August 12, 1883

🔺 1884/04/04

Cleveland, Grover

Address at the G.A.R. banquet

Cleveland, Grover, and Albert E. Bergh

Addresses, State Papers and Letters

New York: Sundial Classics Co., 1908

🔺 1884/07/04

Cleveland, Grover

Attended the dedication of the Soldiers & Sailors monument in Lafayette Square

Gluck, James Fraser

Addresses and Miscellanies, p. 213

Buffalo, NY: [The author?],1904

🔺 1884/10/02

Cleveland, Grover

Visited Buffalo while campaigning for president

(Washington, D.C.) Evening Star, October 3, 1884

🔺 1884/11/03

Cleveland, Grover

Returned to Buffalo from the Governor’s mansion in Albany to vote in the presidential election

Buffalo Evening News, Nov. 3, 1884, p. 1

1885/01/09

Cleveland, Grover

Visited Buffalo after being elected President but before his inauguration

New York Evening Post, Jan. 9, 1885

1885/11/02

Cleveland, Grover

Returned to Buffalo from Washington to vote

Troy Daily Times, Nov. 3, 1885, p. 1

Vermont Phoenix, Nov. 6, 1885

 1889/12/13

Cleveland, Grover

Banquet hosted by Merchant’s Exchange

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser,

Dec. 13, 1889

 1891/05/11

Cleveland, Grover

Banquet at Iroquois Hotel for the Semi-Centennial of the German Young Men’s Association

Cleveland, Grover, and Albert E. Bergh

Addresses, State Papers and Letters

New York: Sundial Classics Co., 1908

 1892/10/27

Cleveland, Grover

Guest of the Cleveland Club

New York Times, October 27, 1892

🔺 1893/01/26

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech on American citizenship at the Liberal Club

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

🔺 1894/10/25

McKinley, William

Campaign stop in Buffalo and Dunkirk

New York Times, October 2, 1894

🔺 1895/09/10

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech on Americanism in Municipal Politics at the Liberal Club

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

🔺 1895/09/11

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech on law enforcement at the Liberal Club

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

1897/08/24

McKinley, William

Dinner at the Ellicott Club, remarks from balcony of unnamed Buffalo hotel, speech at Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Camp-fire, Asbury Delaware Church

McKinley, William

Speeches and Addresses of William McKinley: From March 1, 1897 to May 30, 1900

New York: Doubleday & McClure Co, 1900

1897/08/25-26

McKinley, William

Led the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) parade in Buffalo; visited Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls, the proposed site of the Pan-American Exposition;  addressed veterans at the Delaware Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church

Chicago Tribune, August 26, 1897

New York Times, August 26, 1897

Dumych, Daniel M.

Niagara Falls, Vol. II, p. 57

Images of America, ©1998

🔺 1898/10/17

Roosevelt, Theodore

Visited during campaign for governor

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

🔺 1898/10/26

Roosevelt, Theodore

Visited during campaign for governor

Buffalo Evening News, Oct. 26, 1898

🔺 1899/05/15

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech on property and the state at the Independent Club

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

🔺 1900/10/31

Roosevelt, Theodore

Campaign speech

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

🔺 1901/02/22

Roosevelt, Theodore

Dedicated a memorial to the Spanish American War, addressed the DAR

Caliendo, Ralph J.

New York City Mayors, p. 10

Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2010

🔺 1901/05/20

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech at the opening of the Pan-American Exposition

Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trspeeches.html

1901/09/04-

1901/09/14

McKinley, William

Assassinated in Buffalo after giving speech in the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition

Everett, Marshall

Complete Life of William McKinley and Story of His Assassination

United States: Marshall Everett?, 1901

1901/09/07

Roosevelt, Theodore

Rushed to Buffalo after McKinley was shot, then returned to the Adirondacks because McKinley’s condition was improving

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

www.trsite.org/content/pages/mckinleys-assassination

1901/09/14

Roosevelt, Theodore

Took oath of office at Ansley Wilcox mansion after William McKinley died

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

www.nps.gov/thri/index.htm

1903/10/09

Cleveland, Grover

Returned to Buffalo 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.  

“Mr. Cleveland’s Tribute.”

Buffalo Morning Express,

Saturday, October 10, 1903, p. 7

 1910/11/01

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech on high cost of living at Broadway Arsenal & Convention Hall

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

www.nps.gov/thri/index.htm

1910/04/30

Taft, William H.

Dinner in honor of the amalgamation of the Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturer's Club, plus a visit to the Wilcox Mansion

Buffalo News Photo Galleries

http://galleries.buffalonews.com

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

www.trsite.org/content/pages/tafts-visit

🔺 1912/09/02

Wilson, Woodrow

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

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=65402

DiNunzio, Mario

Woodrow Wilson: Essential Writings, pp. 341-349

New York: New York University Press, 2006

 1913/06/10

Roosevelt, Theodore

Speech at Progressive Club, Elmwood Music Hall

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

www.nps.gov/thri/index.htm

 1915/01/22

Taft, William Howard

Guest of State Bar Association

Buffalo Evening News, Jan. 19, 1915, p. 1

 1915/08/02

Roosevelt, Theodore

Visited Buffalo

Buffalo Courier, Aug. 2, 1915

 1917/01/05

Taft, William Howard

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

Buffalo Courier, Jan. 5, 1917

1917/11/12

Wilson, Woodrow

Speech at American Federation of Labor Convention

Scott, James Brown, ed.

President Wilson's Foreign Policy Messages, Addresses, and Papers

New York: Oxford U. Press, 1918

🔺 1919/11/21

Hoover, Herbert

Speech at Polish Convention

Lerski, Jerzi Jan

Herbert Hoover and Poland: A Documentary History of a Friendship

Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1977

🔺 1920/01/08

Hoover, Herbert

Speech at Elmwood Music Hall about European war relief

F 116 .B83 P86, v. 28, p. 374

Publications of the Buffalo Historical  Society

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Historical Society, 1922

🔺 1920/10/21

Harding, Warren

Campaign speech in Buffalo

Southeast Missouri News, Oct.20, 1920

🔺 1921/01/08

Hoover, Herbert

Speech on behalf of starving Belgians at Elmwood Music Hall

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser,

Jan. 8, 1921

🔺 1922/07/11

Coolidge, Calvin

Speech at Ellicott Club

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser,

July 11, 1922

🔺 1928/10/20

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Speech in Buffalo while campaigning for Governor

Roosevelt, Franklin D, and John Grafton

Great Speeches

Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1999

1933/10/02

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Unknown

Buffalo Courier-Express,

Oct. 13, 1962, sec. 7, p. 1

1936/10/17

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Dedication of Federal Building in Buffalo and athletic field in Niagara Falls

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

1940/11/02

Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Campaign speech; tour of Bell Aircraft factory on Elmwood Ave.

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

🔺 1947/06/13

Truman, Harry S

Unknown

Buffalo News Photo Galleries

http://galleries.buffalonews.com

🔺 1948/10/08

Truman, Harry S

Campaign stop at Eagle Hall

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

1952/10/09

Truman, Harry S

Speech in Memorial Auditorium.  Mentioned communism and immigration quotas.

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

https://trumanlibrary.org

🔺 1952/10/23

Eisenhower, Dwight

Campaign visit

Photograph in NY State Archives

🔺 1953/04/30

Kennedy, John F.

Speech as senator at Democratic Party fundraiser, Statler Hotel

Buffalo Courier-Express,

April 19, 1953, p. 11C

🔺 1956/10/16

Nixon, Richard

Campaign visit

Nixon Library Campaign 1956 Inventory

🔺 1960/09/28

Kennedy, John F.

Campaign speech in Memorial Auditorium

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

www.jfklibrary.org

🔺 1960/10/17

Nixon, Richard

Campaign visit at Polish Union Hall & War Memorial Auditorium

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

 1962/03/26

Truman, Harry S

Honorary L.L.D. degree bestowed by Canisius College

Buffalo Courier-Express,

Dec. 27, 1962, sec. 5. p. 1

1962/10/14

Kennedy, John F.

Speech in Niagara Square for Pulaski Day parade and at Municipal Airport, Niagara Falls

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

1964/10/15

Johnson, Lyndon

Campaign stop in Niagara Square

Buffalo Evening News, Oct. 15, 1964

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

1966/08/19

Johnson, Lyndon

Speech in Niagara Square about cleaning up pollution in Lake Erie.  Also mentioned Medicare and the higher education act of 1965.

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

🔺 1968/10/17

Nixon, Richard

Campaign stop at Memorial Auditorium

Buffalo Evening News, Oct. 18, 1968

1976/10/31

Ford, Gerald

Republican Party fundraiser in Golden Ballroom at Statler-Hilton Hotel, mass at St. Stanislaus

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

1978/10/28

Carter, Jimmy

Campaign stop at Greater Buffalo International Airport for Gov. Hugh Carey.

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

🔺 1980/09/11

Reagan, Ronald

Campaign visit with Jack Kemp

Buffalo Evening News photos in our collection

1980/10/01

Carter, Jimmy

Speech at the Annual Convention of the Civil Service Employees Association, Niagara Falls

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

🔺 1981/05/29

George H.W. Bush

Speech at Genesee Community College, Batavia NY

Buffalo Evening News, May 30, 1981

1984/09/12

Reagan, Ronald

Speech at D'Youville College for the dedication of Santa Maria Towers

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

 1988/09/26

Ford, Gerald

Speech at the University at Buffalo

UB Reporter, Sept. 29, 1988

 1989/05/04

Carter, Jimmy

Speech at the University at Buffalo

UB Reporter, May 11, 1989

🔺 1992/03/21

Clinton, William

Campaign speech at Radisson Hotel

Buffalo Stories Archives & Blog

http://blog.buffalostories.com/tag/bill-clinton/

🔺 1992/08/23

Clinton, William

Bus tour campaign stop at Canisius College

Photograph from Canisius College Archives

Baltimore Sun, August 24, 1992

1996/10/03

Clinton, William

Campaign speech at Greater Buffalo International Airport

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

1999/01/20

Clinton, William

Speech in Marine Midland Arena on health care and other issues

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

 1999/09/29

Bush, George H.W.

Speech at the University at Buffalo

Buffalo News, Oct. 1, 1999

 2002/04/10

Clinton, William

Speech at the University at Buffalo

Buffalo News, April 10, 2002

2004/04/20

Bush, George W.

Speech at Kleinhans Music Hall on the USA PATRIOT act

American Presidency Project

www.presidency.ucsb.edu/

🔺 2004/09/30

Donald J. Trump

Speech at the University at Buffalo

UB Reporter, October 7, 2004

http://www.buffalo.edu/ubreporter/archive/vol36/vol36n6/articles/Trump.html

 2007/08/27

Clinton, William

Reception at Babeville during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign

www.babevillebuffalo.com/

events_2007.php

 2008/12/10

Clinton, William

Guest of Tom Golisano at Sabres game in HSBC Arena

Buffalo News, Dec. 11, 2008

2010/05/13

Obama, Barack

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

Remarks by the President on the Economy.

Whitehouse.gov, May 13, 2010

2013/08/22

Obama, Barack

Speech at University of Buffalo Alumni Arena

Buffalo News, Aug. 22, 2013

 2016/04/05

Clinton, William

Speech at Grapevine Banquets in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign

Buffalo News, April 5, 2016

🔺 2016/04/18

Trump, Donald

Campaign rally at First Niagara (now Key) Center.

Buffalo News, April 18, 2016

This list is online at http://tinyurl.com/BECHS005

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