Martin Van Buren was born December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook New york. He was the first president not born to a british subject. Martin was the fourth oldest out of six children. His parents, Abraham and Maria, were dutch. They were a struggling family. His father, Abraham, owned a tavern and inn frequented by traveling government workers. The family owned six slaves.
He went to a one-room schoolhouse until the age of 14. Martin didn’t go to college. His father called in a favor and got him in a lawyer's office as a clerk for 7 years. He studied law nights when he wasn’t working. He owned his own law practice with his half brother James Van Allen in New York. Van Buren served on the finance committee before being elected president.