Profession: 8th US President
Political Party: Democratic-Republican, Democratic
Political Titles: Vice President, United States Secretary of States, Governor of New York
Why Famous: The eighth President of the United States (1837–1841). Before his presidency, he served as Vice President and as secretary of state under Andrew Jackson. Of Dutch ancestry, he was the first president not of British or Irish descent, and was also the first president to be born a United States citizen.
His administration was largely characterized by the economic hardship of his time, the Panic of 1837, for which he became a scapegoat. Newspapers often called him "Martin Van Ruin." In foreign policy he declined to admit Texas to the Union as he feared a war with Mexico and did not want to upset the balance of free and slave states as envisioned in the Missouri Compromise. He also had strained relations with Britain after a series of controversial incidents, mainly the bloodless Aroostook War and the Caroline Affair.
Van Buren was voted out of office in 1840, and tried unsuccessfully to recapture the Democratic nomination in 1844.
- 1807-02-21 US President Martin Van Buren (24) weds highschool sweetheart Hannah Hoes (23) in Catskill, New York
- 1836-12-07 Martin Van Buren elected the 8th President of the United States
- 1837-03-04 Martin Van Buren inaugurated as the 8th President of the United States
- 1848-06-22 Barnburners (anti-slavery) party nominates Martin Van Buren for President
- 1848-08-09 US Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominating Martin Van Buren for president
- 1989-01-04 George H. W. Bush is 1st Vice President since Martin Van Buren to declare himself President of the United States