Martin Van Buren
Served 1837-1841

Martin Van Buren was born December 5, 1782, in Kinderhook, New York. His father owned a tavern, and when he was little, he listened to famous men such as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr argue politics when they often visited. His nickname, “Old Kinderhook,” has been credited as the origination of the American expression “OK,” coined at that time for the town he was born in.

Next PageVan Buren married Hannah Hoes on February 21, 1807, and had four sons. He was also called the “Little Magician” because he was so good at making politicians with different opinions agree.

Elected Jackson’s Vice-President in 1832, Van Buren became the last sitting Vice-President for 156 years to win election as President. A Democrat, Van Buren’s Vice President was Richard M. Johnson. During his term, many important inventions changed American life, including Morse’s telegraph, Deere’s steel plow, McCormick’s mechanical reaper, and Goodyear’s vulcanized rubber. Slavery was a growing issue during Van Buren’s time.

Van Buren died July 24, 1862.

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  1. Claire Mclean
    November 17, 2013

    The Presidential Museums website is launched today, November 18th, and we are notifying as many people as we can to come on board and join the celebration. It is an important part of this web site to institute the CALENDAR feature and to keep it up to date with the direct input and co-operation of each Presidential Museum and Library starting with our dear “friend” and number 31 President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. We will be in touch with the Museums, asking for their help, this week so be on the look out for our call.
    This feature along with the monthly Calendar will also, we anticipate, act as a round robin and a chatter box about not just the Obama presidency, while we admit there is a lot to chat about there, but also involve all the presidencies. Join in on the trivia, gossip, chatter and “twitter” will help make us all learned historians, so come on aboard and be our guest.
    Claire McLean,
    Founder and CEO


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