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Fillmore's hometown relieved he's cleared as murder suspect

MORAVIA, N.Y. -- Residents of Millard Fillmore's hometown were relieved Wednesday to learn his name was cleared of an alleged conspiracy to poison President Zachary Taylor.

Fillmore, the nation's 13th president, who grew up just outside the Finger Lakes village, was a prime suspect in the conspiracy suggested by a Florida historian because he was a vice president who ascended to the presidency with Taylor's death.

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But with the news from the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office that Zachary Taylor, the nation's 12th president, did not die of arsenic poisoning, Fillmore's name was cleared.

'A lot of places around here are named after Fillmore and were very happy about the whole thing. It's very good news,' said Moravia Mayor Robert Copley.

Moravia celebrates Fillmore Days every summer to honor the memory of their hometown hero.

The celebrations sometimes include bathtub races down the village's main street in reference to the long-believed story that Fillmore installed the first tub in the White House.

The mayor said with Fillmore's newfound notoriety as a cleared murder suspect, this year's celebrations may be the biggest yet.

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