Martin Van Buren (1782 – 1862)

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Life in Brief: Martin Van Buren said that the two happiest days of his life were his entrance into the office of President and his surrender of the office. While his political opponents were glad to see him go—they nicknamed him “Martin Van Ruin”—many Ameri… more life in brief »

Essays about Martin Van Buren

About His Administration

First Lady
Angelica Van Buren
Secretary of State
John Forsyth (1837–1841)
Secretary of the Treasury
Levi Woodbury (1837–1841)

Facts about Martin Van Buren

Term
:
8th President of the United States (1837 – 1841)
Born
:
December 5, 1782, Kinderhook, New York
Political Party
:
Democrat
Died
:
July 24, 1862
Nickname
:
“The Little Magician,” “The Red Fox of Kinderhook”
Education
:
Kinderhook Academy (graduated 1796)
Religion
:
Dutch Reformed
Marriage
:
February 21, 1807, to Hannah Hoes (1783–1819)
Children
:
Abraham (1807–1873), John (1810–1866), Martin (1812–1855), Winfield Scott (1813), Smith Thompson (1817–1876)
Career
:
Lawyer
Buried
:
Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, New York
Writings

Inquiry into the Origin and Course of Political Parties in the United States (1867); The Autobiography of Martin Van Buren (1920), ed. by John C. Fitzpatrick


Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Joel Silbey

Professor Silbey is the President White Professor of History, Emeritus at Cornell University. His writings include:

The American Political Nation, 1838–1893 (Stanford University Press, 1991)

Respectable Minority: the Democratic Party in the Civil War Era 1860–1868 (W. W. Norton & Co (Sd), 1977)

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