a letter from President Van Buren
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)
• 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:Presidential Places
• 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
Martin Van Buren Birthplace
Gravesite: Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery
Other Sites: Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
Presidents Programs from
• Programming includes:
• 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