16 Facts About Martin Van Buren

1. On January 1, 1829, Martin Van Buren started his term as Governor of New York but only served for two months before Andrew Jackson named him Secretary of State in his administration.

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2. Martin Van Buren's parents, Abraham Van Buren and Maria Hoes Van Allen Van Buren were descendants of Dutch immigrants who arrived in America in the early 17th century.

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3. Martin Van Buren was born in 1782 in New York state.

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4. Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States.

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5. Martin Van Buren made the most of his modest upbringing and poor education.

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6. Martin Van Buren looked forward to a vindication that never came.

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7. Martin Van Buren died in early 1819, leaving Van Buren a widower with four sons to raise.

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8. Martin Van Buren died of bronchial asthma and heart failure at his Lindenwald estate in Kinderhook on July 24, 1862.

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9. Martin Van Buren served as the 8th President of the United States from March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1841.

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10. Martin Van Buren led the opposition to the administration of Quincy Adams in the Senate and helped form a coalition that backed Andrew Jackson in the 1828 election.

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11. At the age of 24, Martin Van Buren married the 23 years old Hannah Hoes.

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12. Martin Van Buren took office on March 4, 1837 with intentions of carrying out similar policies of Andrew Jackson.

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13. Martin Van Buren left the Senate in 1828 and ran successfully for governor of New York, but he gave up that post after Jackson defeated Adams and made Van Buren his secretary of state.

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14. Martin Van Buren created one of the first political machines, the Albany Regency.

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15. Martin Van Buren was of Dutch descent but was the first president to be born in the United States of America.

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16. Martin Van Buren was a Democrat, a native of New York, and the first President of the Dutch Reformed faith.

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