Martin Van Buren

Political Offices

After serving in the Senate, what was Van Buren’s next political position?

Van Buren was elected governor of New York in 1829. In 1828, his political rival DeWitt Clinton had died. Lieutenant Governor Nathaniel Pitcher assumed the position of governor. While Pitcher was a Bucktail, he did not have widespread support. Members of the Albany Regency convinced Van Buren that he needed to run and become governor.


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