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This biography is from ANNALS of the Medical Society of the County of Albany, 1806-1851, by Sylvester D. Willard, M. D.

John Van Buren

John Van Buren was the son of Daniel and Maria (Schermerhorn) Van Buren, of Schodack Landing, in Rensselaer county, where he was born, on the 14th of January, 1808. His father was a farmer, and the family of Holland descent, having for several generations resided in that county.

John was educated at the Kinderhook Academy, studied medicine with Dr. Squires of Schodack, and attended medical lectures at the University, of the city ofNew York. He commenced practice at Castleton, in 1829, and four years later removed to Schodack Landing, where he continued one year, and then removed to Albany. The Dutch language was his mother tongue, and it was the means of a ready access to many of the Dutch population of the city, with whom he enjoyed a favourable reputation, and to whom he was at all times attentive and polite.

Dr. Van Buren's habits and manners were rather eccentric, but he pursued a quiet, unobtrusive, diligent course of life, never mingling with affairs outside of his own professional sphere. His death occurred suddenly on the 24th of February, 1856, at the age of forty-eight years. He made his usual visits the morning previous to his death, in the apparent accustomed health.

Dr. Van Buren married a daughter of James Fenn, of Canaan, Connecticut, in 1832, to whom he was devotedly attached, and whose sudden death by cholera in 1849, was the occasion of such deep grief, as for a time to unfit him for business. He left one son, and one daughter.

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