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Kinderhook in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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Gravesite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
1. Gravesite Marker
Inscription.
Martin Van Buren
1782 – 1862
Governor of New York
Eighth President of
the United States

 
Erected by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 24.202′ N, 73° 42.156′ W. Marker is in Kinderhook, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is on Albany Avenue (County Route 21), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Kinderhook NY 12106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Columbia Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Martin Van Buren (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Clark (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); House of History (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kinderhook World War I Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gen. John Burgoyne (approx. 0.7 miles away); Benedict Arnold House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinderhook.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Martin Van Buren. (Submitted on November 2, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Marker in Kinderhook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
2. Marker in Kinderhook
Marker in Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
3. Marker in Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Cemetery
The marker is seen here from inside the cemetery.
Van Buren Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
4. Van Buren Grave
Gravestone Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
5. Gravestone Inscription
Martin Van Buren
VIIIth President
of the United States
Born   Dec. 5, 1782.
Died   July 24, 1862.
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Hannah Van Buren
His wife
Born   March 8, 1783.
Died at Albany, N.Y.
Feb. 6, 1819.
Martin Van Buren image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
6. Martin Van Buren
This 1864 portrait of Martin Van Buren by Georege P. A. Healy hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, on loan from the White House.

“Martin Van Buren's genius as a backroom strategist earned him the nickname of ‘Little Magician.’ But when he succeeded to the White House following his tenure as Andrew Jackson's vice president, the gift for orchestration that he had enlisted to promote Jackson's cause proved of little use in advancing his own. At the heart of the problem was an economic depression that persisted through most of his term and for which he was blamed. Damaging him further was a taste for the finer things of life, which led critics to portray him as indifferent to the country's suffering. Van Buren's reputation has improved, however, and today he is often lauded for his evenhanded foreign policy and landmark support for limiting the hours of workers on public projects.

This was one of the first likenesses that the White House acquired under an 1857 congressional act authorizing the purchase of presidential portraits. The artist named to do the work in the legislation was George P. A. Healy, one of mid-nineteenth­-century America's most popular portraitists.
Cemetery Sign image. Click for full size.
By Scott Sather, October 21, 2009
7. Cemetery Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 688 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 2, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on September 26, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on July 26, 2016, by Scott Sather of Salem, Oregon.
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