Kinderhook in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fertile Political Ground
Martin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site
—National Park Service —
Van Buren ran twice more for the presidency while living here. He nearly regained the Democratic Party nomination in 1844 – losing on the ninth ballot to James K. Polk – largely because Van Buren was against the immediate annexation of Texas. This disappointment inspired Van Buren to run a third party campaign in 1848 for the Free Soil Party. Much of the strategizing that went into both candidacies was accomplished inside this large quirky home. The main hall with its large dining table was the center of many political discussions.
Van Buren’s Free Soil candidacy was part of the increasing political turmoil faced by the country in the 1840’s and 1850’s. The slogan “free soil, free labor, free speech, free men”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 42° 22.195′ N, 73° 42.221′ W. Marker is in Kinderhook, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is on Old Post Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. 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. 1849-50 A House Transformed (within shouting distance of this marker); Marble Mounting Block (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bustling Household (within shouting distance of this marker); Fallen White Mulberry Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Lindenwald and the Old Post Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Lindenwald (about 300 Farm Operations (about 300 feet away); An Agrarian Lifestyle . . . (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinderhook.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a picture of the large dining table in the main hall of Lindenwald. The upper left of the marker features a painting of Van Buren and has a caption of “Artist Henry Inman painted this portrait of Martin Van Buren at the height of his political power in the mid-1930’s.” Below this is a portrait of Henry Clay and has a caption of “Kentucky Senator Henry Clay visited Lindenwald in 1849. National politics was in turmoil at the time due to the addition of vast territory in the west, potential slave states, as a result of the American victory of 1848 in the Mexican War. Imagine the discussions he and Van Buren may have had.”
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Martin Van Buren. (Submitted on November 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. National Park Service website. (Submitted on November 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 544 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on June 23, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.