|Another very important arrival of that year  was Erastus Granger,
a cousin of Gideon Granger, then Postmaster-General under President
Jefferson. He was appointed superindent of Indian affairs, and soon
afterwards postmaster of Buffalo, and appears to have been intrusted
with the management of the politics of this section on behalf of the
administration. He became the leader of the Republican* party on the Niagara Frontier as Dr. Chapin was of the Federal party, and until the arrival of Peter B. Porter, several years later, there was no one to dispute the supremacy of either.
*It will be remembered that the political organization which was then called "Republican" party afterwards named itself the "Democratic" party, which appellation it still bears.
- History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County, H. Perry Smith, editor. Syracuse: D. Mason & Co., 1884, p. 87.