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Martin Van Buren :
A Vice Presidential Unit

Martin Van Buren was born in the village of Kinderhook, New York, on December 5, 1782. From a farmer father, he was raised receiving very poor education. However, he continued to study law and later was admitted to the bar in 1803. In 1815, he became a 14th Attorney General of New York and in 1821, he was elected as a U.S. Senator from New York. After the election, he brought the Crawford and Jackson followers together and strengthened his control as a leader in the Senate. In 1829, he became the 9th Governor of New York and on 1829, he became the 10th United States Secretary of State. During the 1832 Democratic National Convention, he was nominated for vice president and won. Van Buren died on July 24, 1862, during Lincoln's first term due to bronchial asthma and heart failure.

Political Party: Free Soil Party

Years Served: March 4, 1833 – March 4, 1837

President: Andrew Jackson

Name of his parents: Abraham Van Buren and Maria Hoes Van Buren

Wife’s name: Hannah Van Buren

Physical Stature: 5 feet 6 inches tall

State of Birth: New York

Trivia Questions:

1. What was his first language?
Dutch

2. What was his marital status when he entered the White House in 1836?
Widower due to his wife’s death on February 5, 1819

3. From which country did his ancestors come from?
Netherlands

Of Note:

- He had a nickname of the little magician during his political years.
- He designated his daughter-in-law as the First Lady.
- “As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.”
- “On receiving from the people the sacred trust twice confided on my illustrious predecessor, and which he has discharged so faithfully and so well, I know that I cannot expect to perform the arduous task with equal ability and success.”




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