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VAN BUREN, MARTIN. (1782-1862). Eighth President of the United States, nicknamed "Old Kinderhook." ALS. ('M. Van Buren'). 2pp., 8vo. Lindenwald, February 25, 1856. To his law partner and attorney general 


"Many thanks to you my dear Mr. Butler for your very kind letter. I am pleased with my retired life my avocation, that I thought l had made up my mind not to quit them again save upon business. But I must not break my promises to you, but must postpone my visit until about the 26th of March. I will give you reasonable notice of the day when I will hope to be with you. In the meantime, believe me with kind regards to the young Ladies to be very sincerely your friend ..."

A Hudson Valley native of Dutch extraction, Van Buren worked his way up through New York state politics before winning a seat in the US. Senate in 1821. In 1824 he was a vice-presidential candidate in the contentious election in which no candidate received a majority of the electoral votes. Required to make a selection, the House of Representatives chose John Quincy Adams. A talented politician and party booster, Van Buren helped get Andrew Jackson elected in 1829 and in return, Jackson appointed him to several offices including vice president. His ultimate reward came, however, when Jackson left office and endorsed Van Buren rus successor. With Jackson's support, he became president in 1836 but served only one term. After his defeat by the Wrug William Henry Harrison, Van Buren followed tradition and retired to rus country estate, Lindenwald in Kinderhook, New York, becoming a gentleman farmer while planning a political comeback. However, several additional attempts to return to Washington failed. After abandoning rus political ambitions, he devoted himself whole-heartedly to the improvement of his estate and the property is now a registered National Historie Site. Butler, a native of nearby Kinderhook Landing, read law with Van Buren before joining him as rus partner. Like Van Buren, he entered politics and became part of the political machine referred to as the Albany Regency. After serving in the New York State Assembly, he was appointed attorney general by President Jackson and held the post into Van Buren's presidency. Butler also participated in the founding of New York University, where he held a professorship. Butler died in Paris two years after receiving our letter. Written on a light blue folded sheet and in fine condition. Martin 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 the Whig 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 leader who led the Free Soil Party ticket in the 1848 presidential election.

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