NY Presidents Pop Quiz #1

Fillmore cutoutIn honor of Presidents Day, AOA has decided to slack off today. A little bit. But only because we're honoring the presidents. And with that in mind, we've put together a little presidential pop quiz -- we'll be posting one question for each of the six presidents from New York today.

Question: Which New York president started the University at Buffalo (even though he was a Know Nothing) and has been erroneously hailed as the man who brought the first bathtub to the White House?

The answer's after the jump.

Millard FillmoreAnswer: Millard Fillmore

Fillmore, the nation's 13th president, was born in Cayuga County. He was the last Whig to serve as president (he was never elected -- he served out Zachary Taylor's term). After the Whigs dissolved, Fillmore refused to become a Republican. He later accepted the nomination for president from the Know Nothing Party in 1856.

Fillmore helped found the then-private University at Buffalo in 1846 and served as its first chancellor.

And about that bathtub: in what's been described as one of the most believable journalistic hoaxes ever, HL Mencken wrote in 1917 a fictitious news story detailing how Fillmore had been captivated by the newly invented bathtub and was the first president to have one installed in the White House.

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