DEAD: Martin Van Buren

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Martin Van Buren (aged 79)
Eighth president of the United States

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. He was the first president born after the independence of the United States from the British Empire. A founder of the Democratic Party, he 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, due in part to the poor economic conditions of the Panic of 1837. Later in his life, Van Buren emerged as an elder statesman and important anti-slavery leader, who led the Free Soil Party ticket in the 1848 presidential election.

DEATH: Van Buren’s health began to fail later in 1861, and he was bedridden with pneumonia during the fall and winter of 1861–62. He died of bronchial asthmaand heart failure at his Lindenwald estate at 2:00 a.m. on July 24, 1862, at the age of 79. He is buried in the Kinderhook Reformed Dutch ChurchCemetery, as are his wife Hannah, his parents, and his son Martin Van Buren Jr.

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