Martin Van Buren Biography

Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. Before his presidency, he was the eighth Vice President and the tenth secretary of state, both under Andrew Jackson.

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. He was the first president to have been born a United States citizen, since all of his predecessors were born British subjects before the American Revolution. He is the first president not to have spoken English as a first language, having spoken only Dutch growing up.

As Andrew Jackson's Secretary of State and then Vice President, Van Buren was a key figure in building the organizational structure for Jacksonian democracy, particularly in New York. As president, he did not want the United States to annex Texas, an act which John Tyler would achieve eight years after Van Buren's initial rejection. Between the bloodless Aroostook War and the Caroline Affair, relations with Britain and its colonies in Canada also proved to be strained. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Martin Van Buren
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Politician, Lawyer
Ethnicity:
Dutch-American, White people
Religion:
Reformed Church in America
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1782
Astrological Sign:
Sagittarius
Date of Death:
July 24, 1862
Age at Death:
79
Cause of Death:
Cardiovascular disease, Asthma
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