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This is the grave of Martin Van Buren. Born in 1782 in Kinderhook, New York, Maarten Van Buren (he changed the spelling early on) was born into the old Dutch settler of the Hudson Valley. His family was not particularly elite. His father was an innkeeper and local politician. Van Buren went to the local […]

Van Buren

On April 20, 2012

Sarah Kliff links to a study that correctly notes the tendency of historians to give high rankings to presidents who kill a lot of Americans in wars during their tenure. That’s a problem both fo

The Van Buren Boys

On December 8, 2009

I’ve been reading Daniel Walker Howe’s superb What Hath God Wrought. Among its many strong points, it’s much-more clear-eyed about Andrew Jackson than Sean Wilentz’s similar hi

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