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Buffalo lawmakers approve motion to remove Millard Fillmore's name from city-owned properties

Buffalo lawmakers approve motion to remove Millard Fillmore's name from city-owned properties
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Lawmakers in Buffalo, N.Y., approved a motion to remove the name of the 13th U.S. President Millard Fillmore from properties owned by the city.

The Buffalo Common Council is seeking input from residents as to what name should replace Fillmore's on city property, local ABC affiliate WKBW reported.

The motion was voted on after Buffalo residents voiced concerns about keeping Fillmore's name over his role in signing into law legislation that represented the Compromise of 1850.

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Those bills allowed California to enter the union as a "free" state with no slavery, but also included a fugitive slave act that required officials and citizens in states were slavery was outlawed to help in the return of escaped slaves. 

The motion follows the University of Buffalo's decision to remove Fillmore's name from the campus in August.

Residents are urged to contact the city council for nominations of new names to replace the old.

The Community Development Committee of the Buffalo Common Council is slated to convene Tuesday to deliberate the proposal of replacing Fillmore's name.