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Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858) to William C. Bryant re: seeking re-election of Martin Van Buren

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05264.01 Author/Creator: Benton, Thomas Hart (1782-1858) Place Written: Washington Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1840/03/22 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "The interest of the country requires him [Van Buren] to be re-elected."


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Literature and Language Arts, Government and Civics, Election, President, Politics

Sub Era: Age of Jackson