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Martin Van Buren Portrait

Martin Van Buren Portrait

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White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Martin Van Buren Portrait

Creator: Alexander Francis, c. 1830-1840.

President Van Buren is painted here with long sideburns, wavy hair, and a polite expression. He was known to have expensive tastes. The president's salary was $25,000 a year, a substantial sum; however, the president was responsible for paying for the cost of running the White House (food, parties, and servants), and that took almost the whole amount.

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