National Park Service
Park personnel assisted by our enthusiastic volunteers have begun the task of transcribing letters to and from Van Buren. Below you can find letters and transcriptions. Periodically new transcriptions will be added allowing scholars and amateur historians alike a better understanding of the "Little Magician" and the circle of family and political mechanics surrounding him. Can you help us to fill-in the blanks in the transcriptions? If you recognize any of the words in the letters which are missing from the transcriptions please e-mail us with your suggestion.
Did You Know?
President Martin Van Buren's oldest son Abraham graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1827. Abraham served for 18 years in the U.S. 1st Dragoons. He was brevetted lieutenant colonel in August 1847 after the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco during the Mexican War.