VAN003 - 1837 President Martin Van Buren - Indiana Land Grant


Very good condition with typical aging and folding on this nice 10" X 16" Gibson (now Knox) County, Vincennes, Indiana land grant that was signed by his Private Secretary (and Son) Abraham Van Buren on the President's behalf. Document retains its United States Seal in the lower left (red has faded and all teeth of the seal are in place). Several fold segments, age discoloration along some margins and spotting on rear.

Martin Van Buren (1782 – 1862) was the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. He was a founder of the Democratic Party, and had previously served as the ninth governor of New York, the tenth U. S. Secretary of state, and the eighth Vice President. 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. He was the first president born after the Revolutionary War (during which his father served as a patriot) and growing up as a Dutch speaker, the only president who's second language was English.

Abraham Van Buren II (1807 – 1873) was the eldest son of Martin Van Buren, and named in honor of his paternal grandfather Abraham Van Buren (I) who was an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Abraham graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1827 and followed had an immemorable military career. He resigned his commission upon his father's ascendancy to the presidency and returned to military life at he lost the election of 1840. He then served in the Mexico campaign as an aide to Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott.

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