8. Martin Van Buren

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“The Little Magician”


Presidential Basics

  • Full name: Martin Van Buren
  • Years in office: 1837 – 1841
  • Political party: Democratic (during Presidency); Free Soil (from 1848)
  • Vice president: Richard M. Johnson
  • Age at inauguration: 54
  • Nicknames: “Little Magician,” “Red Fox of Kinderhook,” “Martin Van Ruin,” “Little Van”

Birth & Death

  • American citizen: Born December 5, 1782, in Kinderhook, New York, Martin Van Buren was the first president to be an American citizen at birth.
  • OK, OK, OK… The term “OK” actually comes from Van Buren’s hometown name of Old Kinderhook.  The phrase OK was used during Van Buren’s political career and now has become a part of our language.

Birth & Death

  • Birthday: December 5, 1782
  • Birthplace: Kinderhook, New York
  • Death date: July 24, 1862
  • Place of death: Kinderhook, New York
  • Place of burial: Kinderhook Cemetery – Kinderhook, New York
  • Last words: “There is but one reliance.”

Family

  • Father: Abraham Van Buren (1737–1817); Farmer, tavern owner
  • Mother: Maria Hoes Van Alen Van Buren (1747–1817)
  • Wife: Hannah Hoes (1783–1819)
  • Marriage: February 21, 1807 in New York
  • Children: Four
    • Abraham (180 –1873)
    • John (1810–1866)
    • Martin (1812–1855)
    • Smith Thompson (1817–1876)
  • Home: Lindenwald in Kinderhook, New York

Other Facts

  • Height: 5’6”
  • Eye color: Blue
  • Ancestry: Dutch
  • Religion: Dutch Reformed
  • Born in a log cabin: No
  • Owned enslaved people: Yes
  • Freemason: No

Education

  • Education: Village schools; Kinderhook Academy; studied law
  • College degree: No

Career

  • Military Service: No
  • Lawyer: Yes
  • Lawyer (1803–)
  • New York State Senate (1813– 1815)
  • Attorney General of New York (1815–1819)
  • U.S. Senate (1821–1829)
  • Governor of New York (1829)
  • Secretary of State: Jackson administration (1829–1831)
  • Minister to England (1831–1832)
  • Vice President: Jackson administration (1833–1837)
  • Eighth president (1837–1841)
  • Writer

Writings

  • Inquiry into the Origin and Course of Political Parties in the United States
  • The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren

Election


Campaign Poster

 

Martin Van Buren: Eighth President of the United States, hand-colored lithograph by N. Currier, 1835-36

(Library of Congress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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