Martin Van Buren

Political Offices

Why was Van Buren’s tenure as governor so short?

Van Buren served only forty-three days as New York’s governor. He had made it clear to members of the Albany Regency that if Andrew Jackson became president, he might leave New York for a position in Washington, D.C. in Jackson’s cabinet. That is exactly what happened, as Jackson asked Van Buren to be his secretary of state.


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