BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — With the presidential elections heating up, all eyes are on the campaign trail. But if you look back at history, at one point the City of Buffalo was the center of attention when it came to presidential matters.
Bren Price, a Trustee with the Buffalo Presidential Center, said, “Buffalo’s Presidential legacy is perhaps one of the most significant and influential of all of the cities in the United States.”
The “Presidents in Buffalo Exhibit” – put on by the Buffalo Presidential Center – which showcases the Queen City and it’s numerous connections to the White House.
Maryann Saccomando Freedman, the President of the Buffalo Presidential Center, said , “Buffalo has a very rich Presidential history and legacy, which unfortunately which has been lost over time, and I think many Buffalonians are not aware of how rich that history is.”
From old to new – the exhibit’s collection show us the transformation of Presidential campaigns. Everything from pins, key-chains, and trinkets, all of the way up to very odd – but very common to the time handouts like campaign cigarettes. But the most important piece of history in this exhibit is a bible.
Price said, “Grover Cleveland had this bible his whole life, and was sworn in as president twice.”
Inside, the bible has inscriptions from President Cleveland’s mother, and two Supreme Court Justices that swore him in to office.
Before serving the country as the only President to serve 2 non-consecutive terms, President Cleveland also served Erie County and the City of Buffalo.
Price said, “Many people do not realize that Grover Cleveland was the Erie County Sheriff,’ and after that, was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, and each one of those documents have his signature and the imprint on them, so they’re kind of neat.”
The “Presidents in Buffalo” exhibit is free to the public, and it can be seen 7 days-a-week from 9a-5p at the Margaret L. Wendt Resource Center on Main Street in Buffalo (on Forest Lawn Cemetery)
For more information on the Buffalo Presidential Center, go to: http://buffalopresidentialcenter.org
For more information on historic Presidential visits and connections, go to: http://buffalopresidentialcenter.org/Presidents%20in%20Buffalo.html