|Title||Angelica Rebecca Singleton Van Buren|
|Collection||First Lady Dolls|
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|