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by John T. Marck

8th President

Term- March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1841

Democratic Party

Birth: Kinderhook, New York, December 5, 1782.

Ancestry: Dutch

Marriage: Catskill, New York, February 21, 1807 to Hannah Hoes who was born in Kinderhook, New York, March 8, 1783. Hannah died in Albany, New York, February 5, 1819, and is buried in Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, New York.

Children: Abraham (1807-1873); John (1810-1866); Martin (1812-1855); Smith Thompson (1817-1876)

Home: "Lindenwald", Kinderhook, New York.

Education: Village schools and studied in law office.

Religion: Dutch Reformed

Occupation before Presidency: Lawyer, politician.

Pre-Presidential Offices: Surrogate of Columbia County, New York; New York State Senator; Attorney General of New York; Delegate to Third New York State Constitutional Convention; U.S. Senator; Governor of New York; Secretary of State; Vice-President.

Political Party: Democratic during Presidency; Free Soil from 1848.

Van Buren Administration: Vice-President: Richard M. Johnson of Kentucky, Inauguration March 4, 1837, The Capital, Washington D.C.

Occupation after Presidency: Politician

Death: Kinderhook, New York, July 24, 1862

Cause of Death: Asthma at age 79.

Place of Burial: Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, New York.

Interesting Facts:

Van Buren was such a good politician that he was called "the little magician." During Van Buren's Presidency, Samuel Morse, in 1837 developed the Morse code, and used it to send messages over the first electric telegraph line.

Copyright 1990-2022 by  John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From The Presidents of the United States by John T. Marck.