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Hannah Hoes Van Buren

Hannah Van Buren died before Martin became president. She never had the honor of acting as the First Lady.

She was born in Kinderhook, New York on March 8, 1783.

She and her distant cousin, Martin Van Buren, attended the same village school. Her grandfather was Van Buren's uncle.

They were married on February 21, 1807. She was 23 and he was 24.

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They had five children and another child who died as a baby.

Van Buren did not mention Hannah in his autobiography.

Hannah worked on a project to help poor children in Albany, New York learn to read.

Before she died she asked that the money which would normally be spent on her funeral be given to the poor.

She died of tuberculosis on February 5, 1819 in Albany, N.Y. She was 35.

Martin was never remarried.

In 1838, his oldest son, Abraham, married Angelica Singleton. Angelica was the daughter of a wealthy planter from South Carolina and a cousin of Dolley Madison. Angelica played the role of First Lady at social events at the White House.

Martin Van Buren died on July 24, 1862. He was buried beside his wife in their village.




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Sources of Information:

Barden, Cindy,Meet the First Ladies, Lorenz Corp.
Gormley, Beatrice,First Ladies: Women Who Called The White House Home (First Ladies) , Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997
Smith, Carter, Editor,Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies DK Publishing, New York, 2002

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