Martin Van Buren

1968 Martin Van Buren post card

 

  • Eighth President (1837-1841)
  • Birthday: December 5, 1782 (Thursday)
  • Birthplace: Kinderhook, New York
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Date of Death: July 24, 1862 (Thursday)
  • Place of Death: Kinderhook, New York
  • Place of Burial: Kinderhook Cemetery, Kinderhook, New York
  • Cause of Death: Asthma
  • Age: 79 years old
  • Length of Retirement: 7812 days
  • Religion: Dutch Reformed
  • Party: Free Soil, Democratic-Republican

Martin Van Buren Offices Held

  • Vice President (1833-1837)
  • US Minister to United Kingdom (1831-1832)
  • Secretary of State (1829-1831)
  • Governor of New York (1829-1829)
  • US Senator from New York (1821-1828)
  • Attorney General of New York (1815-1819)

Martin Van Buren Nicknames

  • The Little Magician
  • Old Kinderhook
  • Red Fox of Kinderhook
  • Martin Van Ruin
  • The Careful Dutchman
  • Machiavellian Belshazzar
  • Matty Van
  • The American Talleyrand
  • The Mistletoe Politician
  • The Sage of Lindenwald
  • The Enchanter
  • The Master Spirit
  • The Great Manager

Martin Van Buren Pets

  • Two Tiger Cubs (Sultan of Oman gave him, Congress made him send them to the zoo)

Martin Van Buren Personal Traits

  • Height: 5 feet – 6 inches

Martin Van Buren Quotes

The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity.
The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant.
As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.
There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow citizens.
The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought.
It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
To avoid the necessity of a permanent debt and its inevitable consequences, I have advocated and endeavored to carry into effect the policy of confining the appropriations for the public service to such objects only as are clearly with the constitutional authority of the Federal Government.
On receiving from the people the sacred trust twice confided on my illustrious predecessor, and which he has discharged so faithfully and so well, I know that I can not expect to perform the arduous task with equal ability and success.

Martin Van Buren Timeline – Family

  • February 17, 1737 Abraham Van Buren (Father) born in Holland.
  • February 27, 1743 or January 15, 1747/1748 Maria (nee) Hoes Van Alen Van Buren (Mother) born in Claverack, New York.
  • 1743 or 1744 Johannes Van Alen (Mother’s first husband) born in Albany, New York.
  • December 31, 1767 Maria (nee) Hoes (Mother) and Johannes Van Alen (Mother’s first husband) are married in Linlithgow, New York.
  • August 1768 Marytje Van Alen (Half-Sister) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • August 1770 Johannes Van Alen (Half-Brother) born.
  • 1772 Jacaobus Van Alen (Half-Brother) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • 1776 James Issac Van Alen (Half-Brother) born.
  • 1776 Johannes Van Alen (Mother’s first husband) dies.
  • 1776 Abraham Van Buren (Father) marries Maria (nee) Hoes Van Alen (Mother) in Kinderhook, New York.
  • 1777 Derkje or Dirckie (Derike) Van Buren (Sister) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • 1780 Jannetje “Hannah” (Sister) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • December 5, 1782 Martin Van Buren born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • January 8, 1786 Lawrence Van Buren (Brother) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • March 8, 1783 Hannah Hoes Van Buren (Wife) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • 1788 Abraham Van Buren (Brother) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • April 13, 1805 Johannes Van Alen (Half-Brother) dies.
  • February 21, 1807 Martin Van Buren marries Hannah Hoes (Wife) in her sister’s home in Catskill, New York.
  • November 27, 1807 Abraham Van Buren (Son) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • February 18, 1810 John Van Buren (Son) born in Hudson, New York.
  • December 20, 1812 Martin “Matt” Van Buren (Son) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • 1814 Winfield Scott Van Buren (Son) born and dies in Kinderhook, New York.
  • 1817 Smith Thompson Van Buren (Son) born in Kinderhook, New York.
  • February 16, 1817 Maria (nee) Hoes Van Alen Van Buren (Mother) dies in Kinderhook, New York.
  • April 8, 1817 Abraham Van Buren (Father) dies in Kinderhook, New York.
  • February 5, 1819 Hannah Hoes Van Buren (Wife) dies in Kinderhook, New York.
  • 1822 Jacaobus Van Alen (Half-Brother) dies.
  • 1829 Marytje Van Alen (Half-Sister) dies in Adolphustown, Canada.
  • October 30, 1836 Abraham Van Buren (Brother) dies.
  • June 19, 1838 Jannetje “Hannah” (Sister) dies in Kinderhook, New York.
  • March 19, 1855 Martin “Matt” Van Buren (Son) dies in Paris, France.
  • July 24, 1862 Martin Van Buren dies in Kinderhook, New York.
  • October 18, 1865 Derkje or Dirckie (Derike) Van Buren (Sister) dies.
  • October 13, 1866 John Van Buren (Son) dies on board the Scotia in route to New York.
  • July 1, 1868 Lawrence Van Buren (Brother) dies.
  • December 23, 1870 James Issac Van Alen (Half-Brother) dies.
  • March 15, 1873 Abraham Van Buren (Son) dies in New York City, New York.
  • 1876 Smith Thompson Van Buren (Son) dies.

Martin Van Buren Links

Martin Van Buren’s Birthplace and Grave
Kinderhook
Martin Van Buren’s Home – Lindenwald
Martin Van Buren on Wikipedia

Martin Van Buren Blogs

Martin Van Buren

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