The Van Buren Boys

President Van Buren and his wife Hannah Hoes had four surviving children, all boys. Born over the course of their short 12-year marriage, the youngest was two when Hannah passed away in 1819. Hannah’s relatives raised the children mostly separate from Van Buren, and most of our knowledge of the four sons comes from their adult lives. The evidence we have suggests they and Van Buren were quite close in later years.

You can follow the links below to learn more info about each of them!
 
An older Abraham Van Buren in dress clothes posing against a pillar for a photo.
Major Abraham Van Buren

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Abraham Van Buren




1807-1873

Oldest Son, West Point Graduate, and Mexican-American War Soldier.
 
John Van Buren sitting in a suit
John Van Buren

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John Van Buren




1810-1866

Lawyer, Attorney General of New York, and Free Soil Politician.
 
Bullet Mold with two wooden handles
One of Martin Jr's hobbies was molding bullets that he used for hunting. Pictured above is a modern replica of a pullet molder of the style he may have used.

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Martin Van Buren Jr.





1812-1853

Secretary, Father's Companion, and Victim of Tuberculosis.
 
5 story yellow tower rising from the back of the President's mansion
Smith was responsible for the Remodeling of Van Buren's home including this tower added on to the back of the house.

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Smith Thompson Van Buren





1817-1876

Youngest Son, Lawyer, and Home Remodeler.

Last updated: April 23, 2020

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1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook , NY 12106-3605

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