Van Buren

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Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) eighth President of the United States, was not a universally adept politician. His policies and attitudes so inflamed the southern states that he received only nine popular votes from throughout the south in his 1848 campaign. Each of the votes in question came from Virginia.

Van Buren's supporters raised a cry of fraud. The official word received from the governor was that yes, fraud was obvious.

Said he, "We're still looking for the miserable wretch that voted nine times ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"The effort to calculate exactly what the voters want at each particular moment leaves out of account the fact that when they are troubled the thing the voters most want is to be told what to want."

- Walter Lippmann (18891974), US journalist