John D. Van Buren
He was the son of Michael Van Beuren (1786–1854) and Anne (Dash) Van Beuren. He graduated from Columbia College in 1829. Then he studied law in the office of Hugh Maxwell, but soon abandoned this and became a merchant instead. On March 30, 1836, he married Elvira Lynch Aymar (1817–1898), and they had four children, among them State Engineer John D. Van Buren, Jr. (1838–1918).
Van Buren was a member of the New York State Assembly (Orange Co., 1st D.) in 1863. On May 26, 1863, he was appointed by Gov. Horatio Seymour as Paymaster-General of the State Militia, with the rank of colonel, and remained in office until the end of 1864.
He was Gov. John T. Hoffman's private secretary from 1869 to 1872.
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C. Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1870; pg. 399, 401 and 498)
- Biographical Sketches of the State Officers and the Members of the Legislature of the State of New York in 1862 and '63 by William D. Murphy (1863; pg. 417f)
- OBITUARY; JOHN D. VAN BUREN in NYT on December 2, 1885
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