Martin Van Buren

Political Offices

What was the “Albany Regency?”

The Albany Regency was a group of politicians from the Albany, New York, area who formed what was essentially a political machine. The group, led by Van Buren, held similar political beliefs and controlled New York politics for about eighteen years. Thurlow Weed, a New York political figure, who favored Clinton more than Van Buren, coined the term to refer to Van Buren and his political allies. Van Buren was considered to be one of the fathers of so-called machine politics and the Albany Regency was, in many senses, his machine.


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