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Presidential Pathways: Martin Van Buren Burial Place

Following his failure to be re-nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president in 1844, Martin Van Buren retired to his home Lindenwald (now the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site).  He stayed active in national politics and sought the presidency as the Free Soil Party’s candidate in 1848.  By 1861, he was bedridden and suffering from pneumonia.  On July 24, 1862, Van Buren died from bronchial asthma and heart failure at Lindenwald.  He was buried next to his wife Hannah in the Kinderhook Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery.

Two markers direct visitors to Van Buren’s grave.

An obelisk marks the graves of Martin and Hannah Van Buren and their son Martin Jr.

Hannah Van Buren died from tuberculosis in 1819, and never saw her husband become president.

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