Some people make a name for
themselves by contributing to the nation as a whole, and end up
going down in the history books; others choose to make a difference
in the community they are in, leaving a legacy behind for the town
in which they live. Plattsburg has been fortunate enough to
claim both kinds of individuals.
Perhaps the most "famous" of
Plattsburg's residents was David Rice Atchison, who has the honor of
holding the title "President for a day."
celebrity writers also claim Plattsburg as their home: New York
journalist Oscar Odd McIntyre and novelist J. Breckenridge
For tree enthusiasts, Guy Speckman is a local
"favorite" because he was the person responsible for
initiating the "Tree City, U.S.A" program in