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Van Buren Administration

Martin Van Buren easily won the Election of 1836, but was soon faced with a depression following the Panic of 1837. Eventually, he successfully established an independent Treasury and deftly handled diplomatic problems with Britain, but received little credit for doing so. Van Buren’s record on sectional issues was mixed. Tainted by the depression, Van Buren failed to retain office in the Election of 1840.