President Full Name:
Martin Van Buren
Birth and Death Year:
Birth: December 5, 1782
Death: July 24, 1862
Where he was born:
Kinderhook, New York
Martin Van Buren was the first president not born to a British subject. His parents, Abraham and Maria, were dutch. They lived in Kinderhook New York, a small town near Albany and were a struggling family. There was a total of six children in the house. Martin was the fourth oldest in his house and his mom had been a widowed mother before marrying his dad. They owned six slaves. His father owned a tavern and inn frequented by traveling government workers. He held the post of town clerk for extra money. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr offered young Martin his first glimpses of American politics.
He went to a one-room schoolhouse until the age of 14. He 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 at 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.
He 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 owned his own law practice with his half brother James Van Allen.
Van Buren’s running mate was congressmen Richard Johnson of Kentucky. He presented his candidacy as a continuation of Jackson’s policies. He ran with the same purposes as Jackson. He became the 8th president of the U.S.A.
Though not altogether exempt from embarrassments that disturb our tranquility at home and threaten it abroad, yet in all the attributes of a great, happy, and flourishing people we stand without a parallel in the world.
-“I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust - confided to my illustrious predecessor.”
-The word "okay" originates from Martin Van Buren's nickname "Old Kinderhook". People would ask "Is it OK?" with reference to his nickname initials!
-Martin Van Buren and his wife had four children and two pet tiger cubs!