Martin Van Buren, Blair House Collection
This engraving of President Martin Van Buren was done by Charles Fendrich and printed in 1838 by P.S. Duval & Co., one year after President Van Buren took office. Prior to his election in 1837, Van Buren was Vice President of the United States, working under President Andrew Jackson.
This engraving is a part of the Blair House Collection. Blair House, located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, is known as the President's Guest House. Dignitaries and diplomats on official visits to the White House typically stay in the four building complex. President Jackson and, later, President Van Buren were friends of Judge Francis Preston Blair and his family, the owners and namesakes of Blair House.