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John Van Buren Letter

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Van Buren, John, 1810-1866.
Title: John Van Buren Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1831
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: American attorney and politician, New York Attorney General. Collection consists of a single document, addressed to Enos T. Throop, governor of New York, giving some legal opinions.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

John Van Buren (1810-1866) was an American attorney and politician, and the son of Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States. He graduated from Yale, practiced law in Albany and in New York City, and served as New York State Attorney General from 1845 to 1847. He was also active in Democratic Party politics.

Enos T. Throop (1784-1874) was an American lawyer, politician and diplomat. He served as governor of New York State from 1829 to 1832.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Van Buren Letter consists of a single document from Van Buren to Enos T. Throop, then governor of the state of New York. The letter offers Van Buren's opinions on questions of law "in relation to the election of Colonel of the 131 Regiment of Infantry." The Colonel in question is identified as Colonel Cowles, no first name given.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Throop, Enos Thompson, 1784-1874.
Van Buren, John, 1810-1866.


Lawyers -- New York (State)

Genres and Forms

Legal documents.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Van Buren Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Rare Books, 1971.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 8 Oct 2010
Revision history:

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SC 617 Throop, Enos T. 1831 - legal opinions on a case involving Col. Cowles of the 131 Regiment

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