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PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/25/1848 - HFSID 15566

MARTIN VAN BUREN. ALS: "M. Van Buren", 1p, 7¾x9¾. Lindenwald, 1848 August 25. To Mr. Henry C. Wiley. In full: "I cheerfully comply with your request for my autograph.

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MARTIN VAN BUREN. ALS: "M. Van Buren", 1p, 7¾x9¾. Lindenwald, 1848 August 25. To Mr. Henry C. Wiley. In full: "I cheerfully comply with your request for my autograph." Two weeks earlier, at the Free Soil Party Convention held in Buffalo, New York, August 9-10, 1848, the 66-year-old former President was nominated for President by acclamation on the first ballot. Charles Frances Adams, son of President J.Q. Adams, was nominated for Vice President. The Free Soil Party was formed by antislavery Democrats. They were not abolitionists but they were opposed to the extension of slavery. Although he won no state's electoral votes, in New York Van Buren drew enough votes away from the Democratic nominee, Lewis Cass, to give the state and the election to Whig Zachary Taylor. Van Buren retired from public life to Lindenwald, his 30-room brick mansion and 200-acre farm at Kinderhook, New York, where he died in 1862. Creased. Folds, vertical fold near but not touching signature. Mounting remnants on verso show through but not at signature.

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