Buffalo, NY

Population, in 1810, 1508; 1820, 2095; 1830, 8653; 1840, 18,213; 1850, 42,261. Since the completion of the Erie Canal, and the chain of railroads connecting Buffalo with Albany, New York, and Boston, its position, at the eastern termination of the commerce through the great lakes, Erie, Huron, and Michigan, gives it a most commanding advantage for business. It is the gateway between the east and the west... (Gazetteer of the United States of America, 1854)
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- American Normal School Association meets in Buffalo, New York Education/Culture
Abraham Lincoln reaches Albany, New York on his pre-inaugural tour and speaks at the capitol Campaigns/Elections
Abraham Lincoln travels from Cleveland to Buffalo, New York meeting Grace Bedell on the way Campaigns/Elections
Almost fifty people are killed in an horrific train wreck near Angola, New York. Crime/Disasters
Brooklyn Excelsiors leave on the first baseball tour Education/Culture
Burned out Buffalo grain elevator collapses and kills two clean-up workers Crime/Disasters
Chauncey Olcott born in Buffalo, New York Education/Culture
In baseball, Brooklyn's touring Excelsior Club defeats Niagara Club in Buffalo 51 to 19 Education/Culture
In Buffalo, NY, Methodist Annual Conference declines to make slave holding a crime of the church Slavery/Abolition
In Buffalo, NY, the Methodist Annual Conference hears from its Committee on Slavery Slavery/Abolition
In Buffalo, the Methodist Church concludes its Annual conference after more than a month in session Religion/Philosophy
In Chicago, Illinois, a steamer just arrived from Buffalo, New York explodes at the dock killing thirteen Crime/Disasters
Massive grain elevator burns along with 200,00 bushels of grain in Buffalo, New York Crime/Disasters
Near Buffalo, New York, fire destroys a large iron works and a nearby railroad bridge Crime/Disasters
On Lake Erie, a Detroit grain ship explodes its boiler and sinks in Lake Erie, killing two crewman Crime/Disasters
- President Lincoln's funeral train makes its way across upstate New York to Buffalo Personal
President Lincoln's remains spend the day in Buffalo, New York before heading for Cleveland, Ohio Personal
Sudden freezing weather grips the north-eastern United States Crime/Disasters
The Clarendon Hotel in Buffalo, New York burns and four die Crime/Disasters
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New York Herald, “Important Decision on the Fugitive Slave Law,” September 4, 1851
New York Herald, "The Boston Fugitive Case," June 3, 1854
New York Times, "The American Party," March 3, 1857
Thomas Garrett to William Still, June 9, 1857
Hiram Wilson to William Still, August 12, 1857
New York Herald, “Political Joking," August 15, 1858
St. Louis (MO) Republican, “Let the Jubilee be General,” August 29, 1858
New York Herald, “Mr. Douglas On His Travels,” November 28, 1858
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “Ho! for Niagara,” June 24, 1859
Joshua Reed Giddings to Abraham Lincoln, September 12, 1859
New York Times, “Abolition, Free Love, Infidel and Women’s Rights Convention,” September 19, 1859
New York Herald, “The Runaway Slaves,” January 5, 1860
Richmond (VA) Dispatch, “The Underground Railroad,” January 7, 1860
New York Herald, “The Methodist Conference Frightened at the Slavery Question,” June 3, 1860
New York Herald, “The Reception of the Nomination of Douglas,” June 24, 1860
Atchison (KS) Freedom's Champion, “The Democratic ‘Irrepressible Conflict,’” July 7, 1860
Cleveland (OH) Herald, “President Lincoln’s Car,” February 11, 1861
San Francisco (CA) Evening Bulletin, “A Story of ‘Prince Bob’,” April 3, 1861
M.L. Burns to the Officers and Soldiers of the Irish Army in Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, June 14, 1866.
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