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Today's scheduled visit to Sullivan County by former President Bill Clinton for a Democratic rally will be noted for its unique place in history.

The last appearance in Sullivan by a former president is believed to be Jimmy Carter, who visited Roscoe in 1984.

Before that, former President Theodore Roosevelt made separate appearances and speeches in Monticello and Liberty on October 23, 1914.

And, before he became president, then-Vice President Teddy Roosevelt also spoke in Callicoon and Narrowsburg in October 1900 while campaigning in support of President William McKinley, who was assassinated 11 months later in Buffalo.

Roosevelt's cousin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1930 visited the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Narrowsburg while he was New York's Governor. FDR played a key role in securing the vast property for the Boy Scouts of America. Two years later, FDR was elected president and then returned to TMR in 1933.

Clinton is scheduled to speak at a “get out the vote rally” with Josh Riley - the Democrat candidate for the 19th congressional district - at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre at about 1130 am.


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