Martin Van Buren

Political Offices

What was Van Buren’s first political position?

In 1812, Van Buren ran for a seat in the New York Senate against Edward Livingston. The twenty-nine-year-old Van Buren ran as a Democratic-Republican and defeated the favored Livingston, who was a Federalist from a well-connected political family. A newspaper inaccurately reported that Livingston had won. Actually, Van Buren narrowly prevailed by a few hundred votes.


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