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101 Facts About Van Buren
4. Martin Van Buren has the distinction of being the first US president to be born an American citizen.
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6. Van Buren considered Chief Justice Roger Taney's decision in the 1857 case of Dred Scott v Sandford to be a "grievous mistake" since it overturned the Missouri Compromise.
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10. Van Buren convinced Silas Wright to run for Governor of New York so that the popular Wright could help boost Polk in the state.
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12. Van Buren appointed eight other federal judges, all to United States district courts.
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13. Van Buren proposed a diplomatic solution to a long-standing financial dispute between American citizens and the Mexican government, rejecting Jackson's threat to settle it by force.
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21. Van Buren largely determined Tammany Hall's political policy for the Democratic-Republicans in this era.
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26. Van Buren finished in a distant third nationally, but his presence in the race most likely helped Whig nominee Zachary Taylor defeat Democrat Lewis Cass.
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29. Van Buren was elected to the United States Senate in 1821 and supported William H Crawford in the 1824 presidential election.
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30. Van Buren trained as a lawyer and quickly became involved in politics as a member of the Democratic-Republican Party.
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35. Van Buren was elected to the presidency in 1836 as the true heir to the popular Jackson.
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37. Van Buren began a conflict with the Seminoles in Florida, known as the Second Seminole War, and his policies led to the famed Trail of Tears, which occurred when Native Americans were forcibly removed from their lands in the Southeast.
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38. Van Buren spent many of his adolescent years studying law, and he became a lawyer in 1803 when he was admitted to the New York State bar.
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43. Martin Van Buren made the most of his modest upbringing and poor education.
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45. Van Buren served in the US Senate, where he firmly backed the tariffs of 1824 and 1828.
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46. Van Buren would undoubtedly have been the Democratic nominee in 1844 had not Texas become the dominant issue by that year.
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47. Van Buren was badly beaten in 1840 by the aging William Henry Harrison and retired to his farm at Kinderhook.
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49. Martin Van Buren looked forward to a vindication that never came.
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51. Van Buren had fallen heir to the Whig attacks on "King Andrew", and repeatedly during debates on the subtreasury bill, critics had charged the president with seeking to enlarge his power by manipulation of the nation's currency.
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56. Van Buren ignored this tactless reply and kept the Texas question out of the special session.
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57. Van Buren inherited a Texas policy not totally to his liking.
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58. Van Buren appreciated Calhoun's support for the subtreasury bill at the special session but was not about to let the South Carolina senator disrupt Democratic unity.
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59. Van Buren responded with a thorough reconsideration of Jackson's hard-money order.
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69. Van Buren committed the Regency to the Jacksonian cause with enthusiasm and misgivings.
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74. Van Buren was voted out of office after four years, losing to Whig candidate William Henry Harrison.
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75. Van Buren was a key organizer of the Democratic Party, a dominant figure in the Second Party System, and the first president not of British or Irish descent—his family was Dutch.
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76. Van Buren became the vice president of United States after winning 1832 election after his candidacy, as an American minister to Britain was not granted by the Senate.
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78. Van Buren decided to become the Secretary of State after letting go his position as a Governor of New York.
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80. Van Buren promised to use the policies of Andrew Jackson after he appeared as the winner in the presidential election.
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85. Martin Van Buren died of bronchial asthma and heart failure at his Lindenwald estate in Kinderhook on July 24, 1862.
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88. Van Buren resigned from his position of Secretary of State giving Andrew Jackson an opportunity to reorganize his cabinet and appoint new senior administration officials.
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90. Van Buren went on to serve as the 10th Secretary of State and the 8th Vice President during the presidency of Andrew Jackson.
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92. Van Buren entered into national politics in 1821 when the state legislature elected him to represent New York in the United States Senate.
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94. At the age of 24, Martin Van Buren married the 23 years old Hannah Hoes.
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97. Van Buren joined politics in his teens and by thirty he was in the New York State Senate.
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99. Martin Van Buren created one of the first political machines, the Albany Regency.
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