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MartinVan Buren
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Did You Know?

He presided over the economic Panic of 1837.
He was the first president born as a United States citizen.
Until George Bush, Martin Van Buren was the last vice president to be elected to succeed the president under whom he served.
He was described as a "dandy," and known to be an exquisite dresser who enjoyed expensive wine and rich food.


Key Events in the Administration

Martin Van Buren
(December 5, 1782 - July 24, 1862)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Angelica Singleton Van Buren, daughter-in-law
Wife's Maiden Name: Hannah Hoes
Number of Children: 4
Education Level: No College
School Attended: No College
Religion: Dutch Reformed
Profession: Lawyer

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1837 - 3/3/1841
Presidency Number: 8
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Defeated
Party: Democratic
His Vice President(s): Richard M. Johnson
Vice President For: Andrew Jackson (1833-1837)
Cabinet Service: Secretary of State (Andrew Jackson, 1829-1831)
Senator: New York (1821-1828)
Governor of a State: New York (1829-1829)
State Legislative Service: NY (1812-1820)
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Martin Van Buren Birthplace
Gravesite: Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery
Other Sites: Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Martin Van Buren Life Portrait: From Martin Van Buren National Historic Site - Kinderhook, NY
Guests included: Michael Henderson, superintendent, Van Buren National Historic Site; Patricia West, curator, Van Buren National Historic Site; and Mary Leigh Pell Whitmer, Van Buren descendant Watch | Order Videotape
Doug Brinkley and Richard Norton Smith on Martin Van Buren Watch
Don Ritchie, Senate historian, on Martin Van Buren Watch
David McCullough on power and the presidency Watch    

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