Martin Van Buren
8th President of the United States
Martin Van Buren
1837-18 41

Vice President (s):    Richard M. Johnson (1837-41)
Born   December 5, 1782, in Kinderhook, New York
Died:    July 24, 1862, in Kinderhook, New York
Career/Occupation: Lawyer
Religion:  Dutch Reformed
EducationGraduated from Kinderhook Academy (1796)
Political Party:  Democratic
Nickname(s):     "The Little Magician"; "The Red Fox of Kinderhook"
Other Government Positions:

  •  New York State Senator, 1813-15
  •  New York Attorney-General, 1815-19
  •  United States Senator, 1821-29
  • Governor of New York, 1829
  •  Secretary of State, 1829-1831 (under Jackson)
  • Minister to England, 1831
  • Vice President, 1833-1837 (under Jackson)

Presidential Salary:  $25,000

Presidential Firsts

  • First President born a citizen of the United States, rather than a British subject.
  • First President born in New York state.
  • First President, born after the Declaration of Independence.
  • First President to be a non-native speaker of English.
  • First President to be of the Dutch Reformed faith.
  • First President to outlive four of his successors.
  • First President to have served as a State Attorney General, having served as Attorney General of New York from 1815 to 1819.
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