President Millard Fillmore has two reputations: The good one he enjoys in Buffalo, and the bad one he carries nationally.
As Buffalo celebrates his 216th birthday Thursday, that contrast again presents itself.
Fillmore is known locally as the president who used his influence as a city lawyer and politician to establish many key Buffalo institutions that still exist today. He was also the University at Buffalo’s first chancellor.
Nationally, he’s remembered as a weak president who, in his desire to preserve the union, supported the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that required runaway slaves to be returned to their masters despite being an abolitionist candidate.
So what else do you know about the man?
As the University at Buffalo and community partners commemorate Fillmore’s birthday Jan. 7 at Forest Lawn, test your knowledge of Millard Fillmore, history and current events with this short quiz.