8. Martin Van Buren

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“The Little Magician”

  • Full Name: Martin Van Buren
  • Years in Office: 1837 – 1841
  • Political Party: Democratic (during Presidency); Free Soil (from 1848)
  • Nicknames: “Little Magician,” “Red Fox of Kinderhook,” “Martin Van Ruin,” “Little Van”
  • Age at Inauguration: 54
  • Vice President: Richard M. Johnson
  • Birth: December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York
  • Death: July 24, 1862 in Kinderhook, New York
  • Place of Burial: Kinderhook Cemetery – Kinderhook, New York
  • Height: 5’6”
  • Ancestry: Dutch
  • Father: Abraham Van Buren (1737 – 1817); Farmer, tavern owner
  • Mother: Maria Hoes Van Alen Van Buren (1747 – 1817)
  • Wife: Hannah Hoes (March 8, 1783 – February 5, 1819)
  • Marriage: February 21, 1807 in Kinderhook, New York
  • Children: Abraham (1807 – 1873); John (1810 – 1866); Martin (1812 – 1855); Smith Thompson (1817 – 1876)
  • Home: Lindenwald – Kinderhook, New York
  • Education: Village schools; Kinderhook Academy; studied law
  • Religious Affiliation: Dutch Reformed
  • Military Service: No
  • Career:
    • Lawyer (1803–)
    • Member of the New York State Senate (1813– 1815)
    • Attorney General of New York (1815–1819)
    • Member of the 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)
    • President (1837–1841)
    • Writer
  • Writings: Inquiry into the Origin and Course of Political Parties in the United States; The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren

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

(Library of Congress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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