Martin Van Buren Breanna


Martin with his 5 siblings and parents

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.


Van Buren's running mate was congressmen Richard Johnson of Kentucky. He was a democrat and presented his candidacy as a continuation of Jackson's policies. Martin Van Buren was also the 10th secretary of state.


Martin Van Buren was the 8th president and vice president. He was in office from March 4th 1837 to March 4th 1841. Van Buren had a major impact of preventing financial crisis. He attained the nickname "Little Magician".

Martin Van Buren died July 24th, 1862. The "Little Magician" was most known for his great efforts with averting financial crisis. “The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.”- Martin Van Buren


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