Friday, August 23, 2013

List of U.S. Presidents to Visit Rochester

List of U.S. Presidents to Visit Rochester, N.Y.

Visits of sitting presidents and president-elects:

February 18, 1861: President Abraham Lincoln (16) stops to make some brief remarks in Rochester during his inaugural train trip to Washington, D.C. [1], [2]

May 30, 1892: President Benjamin Harrison (23), New York Governor Roswell Flower, and Frederick Douglas give speeches at the dedication of the Soldiers' Monument commemorating civil war veterans in Washington Park, accompanied by a parade of 10,000 people.  The monument includes bronze statues of infantry, cavalry, marine, and artillery soldiers with a central figure of Abraham Lincoln. [9]

August 23, 1911: President William Howard Taft (27), starting what be a two month tour, Taft attends the 45th annual Grand Army of the Republic encampment in Rochester. [30], [31], [32], [33]


October 17, 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt (32) addresses Rochester area citizens. It was raining. [14] 

May 2, 1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt (32) returns to Rochester.  It rained again. [15]

October 8, 1948: Harry S. Truman (33) visits Rochester. [16]

October 15, 1964: Lyndon B. Johnson (36) attends a political rally in Rochester. [17]

June 18, 1971: Richard Nixon (37) discusses taxes, Vietnam, drugs, and race relations in Rochester. [18]

October 31, 1977: Gerald Ford (38) visits Rochester. [19]

October 29, 1980: Jimmy Carter (39) attends a political rally in Rochester. [20]

November 1, 1984: Ronald Regan (40) attends a political rally in Rochester. [21]

May 18, 1989: President George H. W. Bush (41) addresses local teachers at the Wilson Magnet High School and business leaders at Kodak on the issue of education. [10], [11], [12]

May 24, 2005:  President George W. Bush (43) talks about social security in Greece, N.Y. [13]

March 14, 2006: President George W. Bush (43) again visits Rochester, meets local autistic basketball hero Jason McElwain and gives a speech at Canandaigua High School. [7], [8]

August 22, 2013: President Barack Obama (44) stops for lunch in Rochester on Park Avenue while on a bus tour traveling between Buffalo and Syracuse.

Visits of presidents prior or subsequent to holding office:

July 27 - 28, 1843: Former president John Quincy Adams, at the time serving as a congressman from Massachusetts, spends the evening in Rochester dining at the Eagle hotel and touring Mount Hope Cemetery. [22]

1920 Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Rochester in conjunction with the League of Nations Field Day.

October 19, 1932: Presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt visits Rochester to support the candidacy of Lieutenant Governor Lehman.

October 1,1959: Senator John F. Kennedy gives a speach at the University of Rochester on -Soviet relations. He also spoke at the Temple B’rith Kodesh Temple Club on the state of Israel.  [25], [27]

September 28, 1960: Senator John F. Kennedy gives a speech at the Rochester War Memorial. [26]

November 1, 1960: A week before the election, Vice President Richard Nixon delivers a speech at the Rochester War Memorial Auditorium during his unsuccessful first campaign for the Presidency against John F. Kennedy.  [3]

October 14, 1976: Candidate Jimmy Carter makes a campaign stop in Rochester. [28]

May 23, 1997: George H. W. Bush gives the commencement speech at the Rochester Institute if Technology. [34]

October 20, 2011: Former President Bill Clinton gives a speech at the University of Rochester Meliora Weekend. [4],[5]

October 19, 2012: Former President Bill Clinton returns to Rochester to attend a political rally at the Riverside Convention Center. [6]

April 10, 2016: Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in a hanger at the Monroe County Airport. [29]

References

[1] Rochester History (July 1940) v. 2, n. 3, pg 4
[2] Rochester History (July 1943) v. 5, n. 3, pg 17-18
[3] The American Presidency Project: Richard Nixon, University of California, Santa Barbara
[4] http://rochester.ynn.com/content/all_news/561216/bill-clinton-speaks-at-u-of-r-s-meliora-weekend/
[5] http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3767
[6] http://www.whec.com/news/stories/s2801765.shtml
[7] http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5280947
[8] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/preps/basketball/2006-03-14-bush-autistic_x.htm
[9] History of Rochester and Monroe County, New York (1908); Peck, William F.; page 108
[10] Rochester History (Fall 1989) v. 51, n. 4, pg 13
[11] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=17041
[12] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=17043
[13] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=64547&st=Rochester&st1=
[14] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=15196&st=Rochester&st1=
[15] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=15891&st=Rochester&st1=
[16] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=13037&st=Rochester&st1=
[17] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=26605&st=Rochester&st1=
[18] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=3049&st=Rochester&st1=
[19] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=6574&st=Rochester&st1=
[20] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=45388&st=Rochester&st1=
[21] http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=39364&st=Rochester&st1=
[22] The Memoirs of John Quincy Adams: comprising portions of his diary. Volume 11, pg 397 
[23] http://photo.libraryweb.org/carlweb/jsp/FullRecord?databaseID=716&record=64&controlNumber=11844
[24] http://photo.libraryweb.org/carlweb/jsp/FullRecord?databaseID=716&record=85&controlNumber=4465
[25] http://www.rochester.edu/news/kennedy-in-rochester/
[26] http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/Rochester-NY_19600928.aspx
[27] http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKCAMP1960-1030-006.aspx
[28] https://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/document/0204/1512087.pdf (pg47)
[29] Democrat and Chronicle, April 11, 2016 http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/04/10/donald-trump-rally-rochester-jobs/82872624/
[30] New York Times, "Taft Back Home, Then Away Again", November 02, 1911
[31] Library of Congress, The Grand Army of the Republic and Kindred Societies - National Encampments: Bibliography
[32] Library of Congress, President Taft at G.A.R. convention, Rochester, New York (photo)
[33] ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT TAFT TO THE GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC AT CONVENTION HALL ROCHESTER NY AUGUST 23 1911
[34] From the archives: George H.W. Bush addresses RIT Class of 1997

2 comments:

  1. There are several presidential visits missing here.
    For example, the first sitting president to visit Rochester was Martin Van Buren on Sept. 5, 1839. Also Pres. Fillmore arrived in town on May 20, 1851.

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  2. Your missing Bill Clinton's 2016 appearance when we was campaigning for Hillary. Apr. 5 2016

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