Dec. 5, 1782 - July 24, 1862
State: New York
Religion: He may have been Dutch Reformed, but
he worshiped at St. John's Episcopal Church during
Marriage: Hannah Hoes
Military service: None
Term: March 4, 1837 -- March 3, 1841
Vice president: Richard Mentor Johnson
Highlights of presidency: An economic depression throughout his presidency
was a major factor in Van Buren's failed reelection
campaign in 1840. The border dispute between
Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, came
to a head during Van Buren's term in office and
was temporarily settled by a truce arranged by
Gen. Winfield Scott. Van Buren opposed statehood
for Texas because it threatened to exacerbate the
debate over slavery. Texas became a state in 1845.
Did you know?
Van Buren was the first president born after the Declaration of Independence was signed and the first president born as a U.S. citizen. When he was vice president, he presided over the senate with loaded pistols. A political faction headed by Van Buren eventually became the Democratic Party. He made three unsuccessful bids for reelection. One of only three presidents of Dutch ancestry, Van Buren and his wife spoke Dutch at home. His autobiography does not mention his wife even once. Until George H.W. Bush, Van Buren was the last vice president to be elected to succeed the president under whom he served. He served as N.Y. state senator 1812-1820, U.S. senator 1821-1828, N.Y. governor from Jan.-March 1829; secretary of state, 1829-1831;
and vice president, 1833-1837.