One of the most influential newspaper men in 19th Century America had connections right here in Western New York.
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Ignoring the cries for human rights and basic human decency, President Millard Fillmore opted to support the Fugitive Slave Act in an attempt to prevent civil war and preserve the Union.
Early in his career, future governor William H. Seward had to institute a regime of palliative measures in order to quell the axe-wielding settlers' riot against the Holland Land Company when their farms were threatened with imminent foreclosure.
When the unification of the state church in Prussia created dissent among many Lutherans, large numbers of them emigrated to Western New York.