Martin Van Buren
1837 - 1841
Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, New York on December 5, 1782.
President Van Buren was the first president of Dutch desent. He spoke Dutch at home.
He was a lawyer.
Martin had four sons.
When he was vice president, he presided over the Senate wearing a pair of pistols, as a precaution against the frequent outbursts of violence.
Martin Van Buren had large mutton-chop sideburns.
President Van Buren was the first president born an American citizen. His predecessors all were born before the Declaration of Independence and thus were born British subjects.
Van Buren was known as "Old Kinderhook." Some people called him O.K. This nickname is given credit for the origin of the word "okay."
Van Buren was one of the founders of the Democratic Party.
Johnson, Van Buren's Vice President was the only Vice President to be selected by the U.S. Senate. Since no one had received a majority of the electoral votes the Senate had to elect the Vice President.
Van Buren's Vice President was Richard M. Johnson (1837-1841).
Martin Van Buren.
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The U.S. had several problems during his term. Soon after he became President, hundreds of banks failed causing financial panic. Also, the arguments about slavery became more intense.
While he was President he was given two tiger cubs by the Sultan of Oman.
Martin Van Buren took $100,000, the sum of his salary as president for 4 years, in a lump sum at the end of his term.
Martin Van Buren was defeated in the primary in 1844 by James Polk.
President Van Buren's autobiography does not mention his wife once.
He lived to see eight Presidents from eight different sates succeed him.
Martin Van Buren died in Kiderhook, New York (the same place he was born) on July 24, 1862. He was 79.
Quotes from Martin Van Buren:
"I have never yet seen unpretending, but honest zeal and practical efforts t be usefull, go without their ulimate reward."
Alabany, New York, Jul 1827
8th President March 4 - April 4, 1841
Born: Kinderhook, N.Y., Dec. 5, 1782
Died: Kinderhook, N.Y. July 24, 1862 age 79