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"Martin Van Buren: Our Eighth President" by Steven Ferry

"Martin Van Buren, Eighth President of the United States" by Jim Hargrove


Vocabulary:

anti-administration
splinter
nominated
ticket


Interesting Fact:

Van Buren also declined to accept the nomination but was chosen in spite of his protests.


Study Questions:

  • What were Dodge's reasons for declining?
  • What issues did the Barnburners promote?
  • Did Van Buren win the election? Who was his eventual running mate?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the "Barnburners":

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 22:

    1970: The voting age was lowered to age 18 from age 21.



  • June 22

    June 22, 1848: "Barnburners," an anti-administration splinter group which had withdrawn from the Democratic National Convention, nominated Henry Dodge for vice-president to run on the same ticket with presidential nominee Martin Van Buren. Dodge declined.


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