Martin Van Buren (1782-1862)

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Martin Van Buren (1782-1862)
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N0204.1961
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Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, New York. He practiced law there before being elected to the New York State Senate. He served from 1812 to 1820 and was also attorney general from 1815 to 1819. He put together a political machine, called the “Albany Regency,” which dominated New York State politics from the 1820s to the late 1840s. Van Buren was a U.S. Senator from 1821 to 1828. He resigned to become governor of New York, but left that office after only two months in order to become Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson. He served from 1829 to 1831, leaving that post to become minister to Great Britain. The Senate refused to confirm his appointment, but Jackson chose him as his running mate in the 1832 election, and Van Buren served as Vice President from 1833 to 1837. He succeeded Jackson in the White House in 1837, but an economic depression that year marred his presidency and cost him re-election. He sought but failed to win the Democratic nomination for President in 1844 and left the party in 1848 to run for President as the Candidate of the Free-Soil Party. He lost that election as well, and retired to Lindenwald, his estate in Kinderhook. Browere went to Washington, D.C. in the late spring of 1833 to take President Andrew Jackson’s bust, but Jackson declined to sit. The Vice President, Van Buren, was willing to pose and Browere took his likeness instead. This is the last bust Browere is known to have made.
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depth 11.496 in ; height 27.504 in ; weight 1376 oz ; width 21.504 in
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