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VAN BUREN, Martin (1782-1862) was an American statesman who served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841 and a founder of the Democratic Party. He served as the ninth Governor of New York, the tenth U.S. Secretary of State, and the eighth Vice President of the United States. He won the 1836 presidential election because of the endorsement of popular outgoing President Andrew Jackson and the organizational strength of the Democratic Party. He lost his 1840 re-election bid to Whig Party nominee William Henry Harrison due in part to the poor economic conditions of the Panic of 1837. Later in his life, Van Buren emerged as an important anti-slavery leader and led the Free Soil Party ticket in the 1848 presidential election. Full free frank “M. Van Buren” on integral leaf of letter postmarked May 6 [c. 1829-1831], addressed in the hand of Van Buren to General Samuel Smith of Baltimore. Very good condition. Samuel Smith (1752-1839) was a United States Senator and Representative from Maryland, a mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, and a general in the Maryland militia. He was the brother of cabinet secretary Robert Smith. In 1828 Smith served as Vice-President of the Maryland State Colonization Society, of which Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of the co-signers of the Declaration of Independence, was president. The MSCS was a branch of the American Colonization Society, an organization dedicated to returning black Americans to lead free lives in African states such as Liberia.
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