PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/05/1858 - HFSID 4825
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MARTIN VAN BUREN
Martin Van Buren sends an autograph letter saying that he does not remember a name.
Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Van Buren", 2p, 9x7 (front and verso). Lindenwald, 1858 May 5. To Mr. Hunter. In full: "The only person of the name of Willie P. Mangum I ever knew was Senator in Congress from N. Carolina, who is I believe dead. He may have been at the Tremont House at the same time I was but I do not know or believe that he came there in my company." Postscript: "I do not remember Mr. Mangum's address but any correspondence register of that period will furnish it. I believe he resided near Raleigh." A surprisingly legible letter from Jackson's Vice President (1833-1837) and eighth U.S. President (1837-1841). Lindenwald was Van Buren's family estate near Kinderhook, New York. He moved there three months after leaving the White House. Named for the linden trees on the estate, Lindenwald was Van Buren's home from 1841 to his death in 1862.Willie P. Mangum was originally a Jacksonian Democrat, serving in the House and the Senate. He ran against the Jackson-Van Buren ticket in 1832 and was reelected to the Senate as an Anti-Jacksonian. In 1836, running against Van Buren, Mangum received South Carolina's 11 electoral votes for President. In 1840, Mangum was reelected to the Senate as a Whig, serving until 1853. Van Buren was right about where Mangum lived. After he left Congress in 1853, Willie P. Mangum resumed his law practice in Red Mountain, North Carolina, about 40 miles northwest of Raleigh. But Mangum was not dead when Van Buren wrote this letter. Mangum died three years later, in 1861, at the age of 69, ten months before Van Buren died at the age of 79. Folds, vertical fold touches "V" in Van Buren. Light ink show through. Verso of integral leaf shows some docketing (unknown hand), contemporary pencil notes (unknown hand) and heavy glue stains.
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