People

Period Clothes
Park volunteers dressed in antebellum period clothing.

National Park Service

At any time during Martin Van Buren's twenty-one year residency, an intriguing collection of people lived within his home and in the nearby communities. There was a stream of family, politicians, friends, guests and children constantly coming and going. Additionally, there was a ever-changing mix of domestic and agricultural employees. Together they represented a diverse cross section of American society. To read some of the people associated with Lindenwald and President Van Buren, explore the links below:

 

The Van Burens

 
Black and white image of Martin Van Buren as an older man

Library of Congress

Martin Van Buren – Last of the Founding Fathers?


Though history may not remember him as a Founding Father, Van Buren was an influential and instrumental member of the second generation of politicians tasked with making the experiment in self government into a working reality.

Black and white photo of John Van Buren sitting

Wikimedia

The Van Buren Boys


Martin and Hannah Van Buren had four sons who lived into adulthood: Abraham, John, Martin Jr., and Smith Thompson. Check out their individual biographies to learn more about their personalities, accomplishments, and families.

 

Residents of Lindenwald

 
A gray granite obelisk gravesite in the middle of a field

NPS Photo

Peter Van Ness


A judge and a Revolutionary War veteran, Peter Van Ness was the original owner of Lindenwald, then called Kleinrood.
 
A portrait of William Van Ness in profile

National Portrait Collection

William Van Ness


A lawyer and contemporary of Martin Van Buren, Van Ness famously served as Aaron Burr’s second in the duel between him and Alexander Hamilton.

 

19th Century Figures:

 
A portrait of Richard Mentor Johnson sitting in profile

Matthew Harris Jouett

Richard Mentor Johnson


Johnson was a politician from Kentucky and the 9th Vice President of the United States, serving under the Van Buren administration.
 
A drawing of Benjamin Franklin Butler

Francis D'Avignon

Benjamin Franklin Butler


Benjamin Butler was a lawyer and politician from the state of New York, and an ally of Martin Van Buren.
 
A drawing of a blonde woman singing with nightingales appearing to fly from her voice

University of Sheffield

"Lindmania:" 19th Century Entertainment


Although the entertainment landscape was in many ways different from our own, there were many entertainers, musicians, and actors who captured the admiration of fans in Martin Van Buren’s time. Find out if you recognize any of them!


Last updated: November 18, 2020

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