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Van Buren, Martin , U.S. Pres., 1782-1862



  • Existence: 1782 - 1862

Martin Van Buren (born Maarten Van Buren; December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862) was an American statesman who served as the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the Democratic Party, he had previously served as the ninth governor of New York, the tenth United States secretary of state, and the eighth vice president of the United States. He won the 1836 presidential election with the endorsement of popular outgoing President Andrew Jackson and the organizational strength of the Democratic Party. He lost his 1840 reelection bid to Whig Party nominee William Henry Harrison, thanks in part to the poor economic conditions surrounding the Panic of 1837. Later in his life, Van Buren emerged as an elder statesman and an important anti-slavery abolitionist leader who led the Free Soil Party ticket in the presidential election of 1848.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Joel Doolittle letter

Mss 829528
Identifier: Mss 829528
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U.S. Pres. Martin Van Buren letter

Mss 829173.3
Identifier: Mss 829173.3
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US President Jackson patent

Mss 830664
Identifier: Mss 830664
Overview In English.