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John L. Brooke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833230

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838877_Brooke

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Party and Corruption

Party and Corruption

The Columbia Junto and the Rise of Martin Van Buren, 1799–1812

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(p.283) 7 Party and Corruption
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Columbia Rising
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John L. Brooke

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807833230.003.0008

This chapter describes how Martin Van Buren would compensate for his humble origins. Van Buren would be known for his fastidiousness in dress; not for nothing would he be known as the “Little Dandy.” He was said to have attended the Columbia courts in a smart green coat, buff breeches, and white-topped riding boots; in the late 1820s he attended church in Rochester in a beige swallowtail coat, orange cravat, gray vest, and white duck trousers. At five foot, six inches, Van Buren's moderate height might have driven his clothing choices, but his consuming work at the presentation of respectability, perhaps not always successful, also spoke of his position in the county's political sociology.

Keywords:   Martin Van Buren, humble origins, Little Dandy, Columbia courts, presentation of respectability, political sociology

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