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Van Buren's Presidential Hostess

Van Buren's wife, Hannah Hoes Van Buren, died of tuberculosis in 1819 after only 12 years of marriage and the birth of five sons, one of whom died when he was a baby. By the time he became president, Van Buren had been a widower for 18 years. He had no daughter to fill the role of presidential hostess and so he tried to assume such social duties himself. But that didn't last too long. Can you guess who would come to fill the role of Van Buren's White House hostess?


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