On February 18, 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln stopped in Rochester for his inaugural tour. A crowd of about 15,000 people assembled. Lincoln had won the city with a “clear majority of 975 votes out of 7,893,” according to Blake McKelvey, He wrote in Rochester History:
Rochesterians of both parties turned out in the early morning of February 18 to cheer Lincoln on his roundabout journey to Washington, but the next day they read in their papers of the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the Southern Confederacy.
The attack on Fort Sumter roused a wave of indignation throughout the North, firing the blood of the young men of Rochester as of all parts of the country. When Lincoln
called for 75,000 troops, the only criticism voiced in Rochester was to the effect that a larger force of at least 200,000 men would be required to meet the emergency.
Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865 went along much the same route as his inaugural train, passing through Rochester. The train station was moved east to Central Avenue in 1883.
Links of the Day:
– A tax credit proposal seeks to lure movie productions to Buffalo and Rochester.
– Suspending kids for making “finger guns” is getting more common after Newtown.