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Hannah Van Buren

Hannah Van BurenAKA Hannah Hoes

Born: 8-Mar-1783
Birthplace: Kinderhook, NY
Died: 5-Feb-1819
Location of death: Albany, NY
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Remains: Buried, Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: First Lady

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Wife of US President Martin Van Buren

Hannah Van Buren first met her husband, future President Martin Van Buren, when they were toddlers. They grew up in the same small, isolated Hudson River community settled by immigrants from Holland, and both spoke Dutch fluently. They were childhood sweethearts and second cousins. Raised in the Dutch Reformed Church, they switched to the Presbyterian Church when the future President worked in Albany, New York, where their denomination did not have a church.

She died of tuberculosis many years before her husband was elected President, but he never remarried, and her name appears on the White House's official list of First Ladies. During the Van Buren administration, the traditional high-society hostess duties of a Presidential wife were performed by Angela Singleton, a cousin of Dolley Madison who was married to the Van Burens' son, Abraham Van Buren. Another son, John Van Buren, was a lawyer and US Congressman who became one of the most vocal pre-Civil War opponents of slavery. Their youngest son, Smith Thompson Van Buren, married Henrietta Irving, a niece of short-story writer Washington Irving.

Father: Johannes Dircksen Hoes (b. 25-May-1753, d. 25-Jan-1789)
Mother: Maria Quakenbush Hoes (Maritje Quackenbos, b. 1753, m. 4-Feb-1776, d. 5-Dec-1832)
Sister: Maria Hoes Van Dyck (d.)
Brother: John Cantine Hoes (Presbyterian minister, d.)
Husband: Martin Van Buren (US President, b. 05-Dec-1782, m. 21-Feb-1807, d. 24-Jul-1862 asthma)
Son: Abraham Martinse Van Buren (Army officer, b. 27-Nov-1807, d. 15-Mar-1873)
Son: John Martinse Van Buren (US Congressman, b. 10-Feb-1810, d. 13-Oct-1866)
Son: Martin Van Buren, Jr. (political aide, b. 20-Dec-1812, d. 19-Mar-1855)
Son: Lawrence Martinse Van Buren (b. 1814, d. infancy)
Son: Smith Thompson Van Buren (political aide, b. 16-Jan-1817, d. 1876)

    High School: Kinderhook Academy, Kinderhook, NY (1797)

    Dutch Ancestry

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