Martin  Van Buren Sr.

Martin Van Buren Sr. (1782 - 1862)

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President Martin "Little Magician" Van Buren Sr.
Born in Kinderhook, New York, USAmap
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Husband of — married in Coxsackie, Greene Co., New York, USAmap
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Died in Kinderhook, New York, USAmap
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Preceded by
7th President
Andrew Jackson

Preceded by
7th Vice President

John Calhoun Sr

Preceded by
Acting Secretary

James Alexander Hamilton

Preceded by
8th Governor

Nathaniel Pitcher

Preceded by
Nathan Sanford
Martin Van Buren
8th President of the
United States
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8th Vice President of the United States
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10th United States
Secretary of State
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9th Governor
of New York
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Succeeded by
9th President
William Henry Harrison

Succeeded by
9th Vice President

Richard Mentor Johnson

Succeeded by
11th Secretary

Edward Livingston

Succeeded by
10th Governor

Enos T. Throop

Succeeded by
Charles E. Dudley


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Martin Van Buren (Dutch: Maarten van Buren) was the eighth President of the United States (1837–1841). 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 be born a United States citizen, his predecessors having been born British subjects before the American Revolution. He is also the only president not to have spoken English as his first language, having grown up speaking Dutch, and the first president from New York.

1782 Birth1807 Marriage1807 1st Child1837-1841 President1862 Death


1782 December 5: Martin Van Buren[1] was born in the village of Kinderhook, New York.[2]
1807 February 21: Van Buren marries Hannah Hoes (1807–1819), his childhood sweetheart and first cousin once removed, in Catskill, New York. Like Van Buren, she was raised in a Dutch home and never lost her distinct Dutch accent.
1807: Son, Abraham Van Buren (1807–1873) is born.
1810: Son, John Van Buren (1810–1866) is born.
1812: Son, Martin Van Buren Jr. (1812–1855) is born.
1814: Son, Winfield Scott Van Buren is born and dies in the same year.
1815 February 17 – July 8, 1819:' 14th Attorney General of New York.
1817: Son, Smith Thompson Van Buren (1817–1876) is born.
1819 February 5: After 12 years of marriage, Hannah Van Buren contracts tuberculosis and dies at the age of 35. Martin Van Buren never remarries.
1821 March 4 – December 20, 1828: United States Senator from New York.
1829 January 1 – March 12, 1829: 9th Governor of New York[3] he also changes his political affiliation from Democratic-Repbulican to Democrat.
1829 March 28 – May 23, 1831: 10th United States Secretary of State.
1831 August 8 – April 4, 1832: United States Minister to the United Kingdom.
1832 March 4 – March 4, 1837: 8th Vice President of the United States under President Andrew Jackson.
1837 March 4 - March 4, 1841: Elected as the Eighth President of the United States serving one term.
1848: Van Buren runs unsuccessfully for president on a third-party ticket, the Free Soil Party.
1862 July 24: Martin van Buren dies (aged 79) from asthma complications, in Kinderhook, New York, U.S., Resting place ✞ Kinderhook Cemetery Kinderhook[1], New York.

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Van Buren joined the opposition party in 1813, and was a member of the New York State Senate from 1812 to 1820, and New York Attorney General from 1815 to 1819. He was a presidential elector in 1820, voting for James Monroe and Daniel D. Tompkins.

Van Buren was the first president born a citizen of the United States[4], as all previous presidents were born before the American Revolution. His great-great-great-grandfather Cornelis Maessen van Buren had come to the New World in 1631 from the small city of Buren, Dutch Republic, in present day Netherlands. Van Buren grew up in a Dutch-speaking community. His native language was Dutch, and he was the only President who spoke English as a second language.

In 1817 Van Buren's connection with so-called "machine politics" started. He created the first political machine encompassing all of New York, the Bucktails[5], whose leaders later became known as the Albany Regency. The Bucktails became a successful movement that emphasized party loyalty; they captured and controlled many patronage posts throughout New York. Van Buren did not originate the system, but gained the nickname of "Little Magician" for the skill with which he exploited it. He also served as a member of the state constitutional convention, where he opposed the grant of universal suffrage and tried to maintain property requirements for voting.

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 State. 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. Read more on Wikipedia here

His administration was largely characterized by the economic hardship of his time, the Panic of 1837. He was scapegoated for the depression and called "Martin Van Ruin" by his political opponents. Van Buren was voted out of office after four years, losing to Whig candidate William Henry Harrison.


  • Four US states have counties names in President Van Buren's honor: Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, and Tennessee.

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He is related to Annetje Janse (born 1577), daughter of Jan C. Dirckse and Teunje (surname unknown) who was married to Hendrick Adriaensz Van der/den Burchgraeff. She died 12 Jun 1635 in Leksmon, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.
Email From: W David Samuelsen [] dated
July 23, 2005 To:
Elected to US Senate in 1821
Reelected to US Senate in 1827
Gov of NY 1828
Secretary of State Mar 1829
Inaugerated President 4 Mar 1837. Served until Mar 1841.
Lindenwald, the home of Martin Van Buren, the 8th president of the
United States, has a good chance of having its former agricultural lands
restored to the estate by making it part of the National Historic Site.
The acreage will increase from 39 to 300. A bill was passed by the
House of Representatives March 25, 2009. The announcement was in the
Times Union newspaper of Albany, NY on March 27.
Email from Clif Lamare dated 28 Mar 2009 on Columbia Cty List


Date: 15 DEC 1782
Place: Kinderhook Reformed Church, Kinderhook, Columbia Cty, NY
Note: #2451
Wit: Pieter Van Buren & w. Catharina Quackenbos


  1. Description Title: Kinderhook, Book 21. Source Information U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1660-1926 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Dutch Reformed Church Records from New York and New Jersey. Holland Society of New York, New York, New York.
  2. Martin van Buren's home town was about 25 miles (40 km) south of Albany, New York. His father Abraham Van Buren (1737–1817) was a farmer, the owner of six slaves, and a tavern-keeper in Kinderhook. Abraham Van Buren supported the American Revolution and later the Jeffersonian Republicans. Martin Van Buren's mother was Maria Van Alen (née Hoes) Van Buren (1747–1818).
  3. served as governor of NY for only three months till appointed as Secretary of State
  4. great trivia question
  5. The Bucktails may refer to one of two organizations that were particularly characterized and identified by the wearing of the tail of a buck (male deer) in their hat

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On 2 Apr 2016 at 23:09 GMT US Presidents Project WikiTree wrote:

Van Buren-251 and Van Buren-1 appear to represent the same person because: clearly the birth and death are that of President Van Buren, is that who you were trying to create with this profile?

On 3 Dec 2012 at 06:23 GMT Kevin Sands wrote:

When I do a "Search for a Person", and enter "Martin Van Buren", Pres. Martin Van Buren does not appear in the list. Any idea why, please?

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