Politics has played a critical role in the rise of the Empire State. Six men–Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt–have been elected President of the United States. Other prominent American politicians and leaders hailed from New York as well. Electoral politics are a significant story in New York State History. Ephemera from political parties, election campaigns, candidates, and supporters comprise a significant element in the collections of the New York State Museum.