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Title Angelica Rebecca Singleton Van Buren
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.009
Description Angelica Singleton Van Buren (1816-1878)
Daughter-in-law of Martin Van Buren, Hostess in the White House from 1837-1841

Martin Van Buren stood alone to receive his guests into the executive Mansion. His wife, Hannah Hoe, had died at the age of thirty-five from tuberculous. Martin Van Buren never remarried.
Angelica Singleton, came up from South Carolina for a visit. Dolly Madison took her to the White House to pay a call. Angelica's aristocratic manner, excellent education and handsome face won the heart of the President's eldest son, Abraham Van Buren. They were married on November 27, 1838. This event made her the presiding hostess. The President approved of the marriage and the ties it brought between the White House and the powerful southern aristocracy.
Winning praise during her initial period as First Lady, Angelica modeled her public conduct and followed the social regulations established by Dolley Madison.
The first appearance of the hoop skirt in America was worn by Angelica Van Buren.
Angelica died December 29, 1878, in New York City at the age of 61. It is unclear what caused her death but she chose to be buried alongside her husband in the fashionable Woodlawn Cemetery in the New York City borough of the Bronx, rather than the Singleton family cemetery in South Carolina.
Event Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project
Creator Park, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Janaell Smuin
Given Given by Ladies of Elk
Source Uintah County Library