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What former presidents do, part 4


October 29, 2021

As we have seen, Grover Cleveland is the only former president to run for and win his old office. He is not, however, the only ex-president who wished to reside once again in the White House.

Martin Van Buren was elected president on the Democratic Party ticket in 1836 and served from 1837 to 1841. His administration was hampered by an economic depression, however, and he lost to the Whig nominee, William Henry Harrison, in 1840.

In 1844, Van Buren sought the Democratic nomination again. At the party’s convention, the former president received a majority of the votes from the delegates...

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