Published January 10, 2018
The university's recognition of Millard Fillmore is based on his role in helping to found the university and serve as its first chancellor. This recognition is not an endorsement of his policies or legacy as president of the United States.
The university certainly understands Fillmore’s complex role in the history of slavery in the United States which includes the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act. We acknowledge this role publicly during the city’s annual commemoration of Fillmore as a way to be true to our nation’s history and to be true to Fillmore’s legacy as president of the United States.
The 2018 commemoration ceremony featured a presentation by UB history professor Carole Emberton who spoke about the effect of the Fugitive Slave Act.