Martin Van Buren – 8th President of the US

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8th President of the United States

8th President of the United States

Martin Van Buren was the eight President of the United States from 1837 -1841. Prior to election as President , Van Buren served as Vice President and Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson. Van Buren was the first President to have been born a United States citizen. His predecessors were born as British subjects prior to the American Revolution. His native language was Dutch and he was the only President to have not spoken English as a first language. Van Buren was the first President from New York. Nicknamed  “Martin Van Ruin” by his political opponents, Van Buren’s  administration was characterized by the economic hardship of his time; the Panic of 1837. After 4 years in office Van Buren was voted out losing to Whig candidate William Henry Harrison.

Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, New York in December 5, 1782. Van Buren married his childhood sweetheart Hannah Hoes ( a first cousin, once removed) on February 21, 1807. Together they had 5 children, 4 sons and one daughter.

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