President Martin Van Buren

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Martin Van Buren was the United States of Americaís eighth president.

President Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, New York on December 5, 1782 and grew up to become Americaís eighth president.

He was a lawyer before he became President of the United States at age 54. His place of primary affiliation was New York. Martin Van Buren became president on March 4, 1837 and left the office on March 4, 1841.

President Martin Van Buren was a member of the Democratic Party and his vice president was Richard Mentor Johnson.

Martin Van Buren's nicknames include The American, The Careful Dutchman, The Enchanter, The Red Fox of Kinderhook, O.K., The Little Magician, Little Van, The Great Manager, Martin Van Ruin, The Mistletoe Politician, and Little Matt.

Van Buren was in many ways unique: He was the first president born in the U.S. (the others were born in the colonies), the first born after the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the first with no English background and the only one who did not have English native parents. Van Buren spoke Dutch at home. He was an experienced party organizer and was senator for New York in 1821 and later governor. He was Andrew Jacksonís foreign minister, and later vice president. His presidency was dominated by a five-year depression..

President Van Buren was one of eight presidents that never attended college. The others were President Washington, President Jackson, President Taylor, President Fillmore, President Lincoln, President Johnson, and President Cleveland.

President Martin Van Buren was married to his First Cousin Once Removed Hannah Hoes Van Buren.

Martin Van Buren was 79 years old when he died on July 24, 1862.

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