Founding Fathers Pub

Presidential History

Site of an inauguration, an assassination and home to two commanders-in-chief, Buffalo is filled with presidential history.

On September 14, 1901, our 25th and 26th presidents’ lives became fatefully entwined in Buffalo. Here for the Pan-American Exposition, William McKinley ultimately lost his life to an assassin’s bullet and Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site tells the tale of this pivotal time in American history through high-tech, interactive exhibits. A marker on Fordham Avenue signals the spot where the deadly shot rang out, and the McKinley Monument stands at the center of downtown in memory of the fallen president.

Our 13th president, Millard Fillmore was one of two Buffalonians who served as president. Fillmore lived in East Aurora in a home he built for himself and his new bride. You can visit the Millard Fillmore House today. Fillmore’s final resting place is in Buffalo’s historic Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The other Buffalonian POTUS is Grover Cleveland. Cleveland built his political career in Buffalo, serving as both sheriff of Erie County and Mayor of Buffalo prior to serving as our nation’s 22nd and 24th president. A statue of him stands outside Buffalo’s City Hall.

You can also see portraits of each of the presidents and first ladies at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum at Elmwood and North Streets in the city’s Allentown neighborhood.

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Buffalo, NY 14202
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From the architects George J. Dietel and John J. Wade, Buffalo City Hall was built between 1929-1931. Buffalo City Hall is an Art Deco masterpiece with outstanding murals depicting the city’s history and industry. Common Council Chamber with exquisite skylight and sculptures are a must see. Observation Tower gives a spectacular view of the waterfront and the Ellicott radial street design for Buffalo. Closed weekends and holidays.

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Buffalo City Hall

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Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 873-9644 [description] =>

This National Historic Landmark building was built in 1901 during the Pan-American Exposition and now houses The Buffalo History Museum (renamed in 2012). Research library includes a repository of genealogical information; the museum features exhibits and an extensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, books and photographs chronicling the development of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier.

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Buffalo History Museum

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Buffalo, NY 14203
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The Buffalo Presidential Center is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization chartered by the State of New York to explore and share stories about Buffalo and Western New York’s historic and contemporary contributions to the U.S. Presidency and national affairs. Opening in October of 2020, the Center will be housed in a 1700 square foot space within the Central branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Permanent and rotating exhibits will highlight the Presidents, presidential candidates, First Ladies, and other exceptional personalities who have called Western New York home.

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Buffalo Presidential Center

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Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 288-5999 [description] =>

As one of the first deliberately designed and professionally landscaped rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn’s first interment took place in 1850. Today there are 162,000+ permanent residents in this 269-acre, not-for-profit cemetery serving all faiths. Listed on the State and National Registries of Historic Places, Forest Lawn is also at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance. Each year, it plays host to thousands of visitors who come to enjoy all that Forest Lawn has to offer: unmatched natural beauty – hills, valleys, lakes and streams; sculptural masterpieces (including the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Blue Sky Mausoleum); living history.

Most importantly, the stories of those who now rest in peace under Forest Lawn’s care – from a U.S. President and foreign royalty, to captains of industry, artists, inventors, veterans from every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary War and people like us who have quietly built the community that we and our families enjoy — each has a story to be told through the expansive archives and genealogical resources of the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center and through Forest Lawn’s award-winning tours, concerts, lectures and special events.

Forest Lawn, in addition to being a magnificent cemetery, is Buffalo Niagara’s largest arboretum. Its 269 acres are filled with undulated landscape, abundant wildlife and beautiful art and architecture. The original landscape was designed in 1849 by noted cemetery landscape architects Adolph Strauch and Joseph Earnshaw. There are many gardens to view, including the Gratitude Garden in front of the Rosewood Mausoleum, a meditation garden in front of the historic chapel and, of course, the many individual gardens that families maintain.

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Forest Lawn Cemetery

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Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 855-8944 [description] =>

Just on the edge of Allentown, Founding Fathers offers a relaxed atmosphere for a drink or dining. Grab a stool at the bar, order a round and ask owner Mike Driscoll to quiz you on Buffalo’s rich presidential history. Driscoll is a former social studies teacher and has filled the walls of his pub with presidential memorabilia over the decades; trivia night on the first Tuesday of every month is a Buffalo staple, as are the free popcorn and nachos served there.

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Founding Fathers Pub

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Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 885-1986 [description] =>

The Karpeles Manuscript Library is the world’s largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents. The library was founded in 1983 by California real estate magnates, David and Marsha Karpeles, with the goal of stimulating interest in learning. Buffalo is the only city with two museums. There are now 10 museums in 9 cities across the United States.

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Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum North Hall

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East Aurora, NY 14052
(716) 652-4735 [description] =>

A National Historic Landmark house, which President Millard Fillmore helped build and lived in from 1826-1830. It contains furnishings and artifacts connected with Millard Fillmore’s life. Beautiful rose and herb garden. Special tours can be arranged by calling the museum.

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Millard Fillmore House

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Buffalo, NY 14202
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Theodore Roosevelt began his presidential journey here. All new state-of-the-art exhibits and a dramatic guided tour offer a museum experience unlike any other. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and emotions surrounding this pivotal moment in our nation’s history and learn how the enduring legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents affects our lives today.

Built in 1837, the former Wilcox mansion stands today as a vital part of Buffalo’s historical heritage. The site features restored Victorian rooms and period gardens. The site accommodates 100 for banquets and 150 for cocktails.

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Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

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Buffalo City Hall

65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716)851-4200

2

Buffalo History Museum

One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 873-9644

3

Buffalo Presidential Center

One Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 512-2025

4

Forest Lawn Cemetery

1411 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 288-5999

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Founding Fathers Pub

75 Edward Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 855-8944

6

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum North Hall

220 North Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 885-1986

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Millard Fillmore House

24 Shearer Avenue
East Aurora, NY 14052
(716) 652-4735

8

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 884-0095

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