(8) Sarah Angelica "Angelica" Singleton Van Buren


Angelica Singleton Van Buren



Death date



Martin Van Buren

Dates of service


Relationship to president


Other marriages 

Abraham Van Buren



The White House Historical Association: Angelica Van Buren

National First Ladies Library- First Ladies Never Married to Presidents: Angelica Van Buren

Papers/letters collections

Angelica Singleton Van Buren Collection

Digital Collections: Angelica Singleton Van Buren

Historical sites

Smithsonian Institution Archives: Angelica Van Buren Gowns

Angelica Singleton Van Buren Gravesite

Fascinating details

  • Hannah Hoes Van Buren, Martin Van Buren’s wife, died before he was elected president, resulting in Martin Van Buren not having a first lady for a little over a year.
  • Angelica Van Buren became first lady to Martin Van Buren 11/27/1838 after marrying Martin Van Buren’s son, Abraham Van Buren II. 
  • She implemented some royal manners and practices after a visit to England where she met Queen Victoria and Louise Philippe. 
  • Angelica was the cousin of Dolley Madison, first lady to President James Madison.
  • Her desire to live an upper-class lifestyle and to re-landscape the White House grounds in a manner akin to European royal gardens was part of the inspiration behind political attacks on the president, considering the country was experiencing a deep economic depression.