A founder of the University of Buffalo, lawyer and congressman Millard Fillmore (1800-1874) was Chancellor from 1846 to 1874. During his tenure as Chancellor, Fillmore served as Comptroller of New York State (1848-1849) and Vice President (1849-1850) and President (1850-1852) of the United States. Fillmore died in March of 1874. Since 1960 the University has co-sponsored a recognition ceremony at Fillmore's grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetery on the anniversary of his birth, January 7th.
Joseph Ellicott (1760-1826), the first resident agent of the
Holland Land Company, surveyed the Western New York wilderness in
1798. Ellicott was an early advocate of the Erie Canal. He also
mapped out a radial-on-grid plan for the city of Buffalo, similar
in design to the earlier plan for Washington, D.C.