Presidential visits to our local area are rare, but we have seen a few.
Most recently, in May 2014, President Barack Obama landed at Griffiss International Airport in Rome and then traveled to Cooperstown.
The last time that a sitting president visited the area was 1952 when President Harry Truman arrived at Union Station in Utica as part of a whistle stop campaign tour. He came here to stump for then Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson lost to
Dwight Eisenhower, who visited the area just 13 days after Truman.
Truman also visited the local area prior to that in 1948, as part of his own whistle stop tour.
Before those visits, it was in 1912 when President William Howard Taft came to Utica to attend James Sharman’s funeral. Sherman, who was born in Utica, was Taft’s vice president.