Martin Van Buren

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Date of Birth December 5, 1782
Place of Birth Kinderhook, New York
Date of Death Jul 24, 1862 (79)
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Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the Democratic Party, he had previously served as the ninth governor of New York, the tenth United States secretary of state, and the eighth vice president of the United States. He won the 1836 presidential election with the endorsement of popular outgoing President Andrew Jackson and the organizational strength of the Democratic Party. He lost his 1840 reelection bid to the Whig nominee, William Henry Harrison, thanks in part to the poor economic conditions surrounding the Panic of 1837. Later in his life, Van Buren emerged as an elder statesman and an important anti-slavery leader who led the Free Soil Party ticket in the 1848 presidential election. Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, New York, where most residents were of Dutch descent and spoke Dutch as their primary language.

Born: Maarten Van Buren, December 5, 1782, Kinderhook, New York, U.S.
Died: July 24, 1862, Kinderhook, New York, U.S.
Cause of death: Bronchial asthma and heart failure
Resting place: Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery
Children: 5, including Abraham and John
Relatives: Family of Martin Van Buren
Education: Kinderhook Academy, Washington Seminary
Vice President: Richard Mentor Johnson
Preceded by: Andrew Jackson
Succeeded by: William Henry Harrison

About Martin Van Buren

Eighth president of the United States and the first president not of British or Scots-Irish ancestry, as well as the first to be born a U.S. citizen.

Martin Van Buren Before Fame

He spoke English as a second language, with Dutch being his first.

Achievement of Martin Van Buren

He presided over an economically difficult time in the nation's history, which was known as the Panic of 1837. Because of this, his political enemies nicknamed him Martin Van Ruin.

Martin Van Buren Family Life

He married his childhood sweetheart and first cousin once removed, Hannah Hoes, in February 1807.

Associations of Martin Van Buren

He was defeated in his bid for re-election by William Henry Harrison.

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